Eight-year-old Jason Noyes eagerly raked mulch around a half-built playground structure at Knightdale United Methodist Church off of Forestville Road. He and Benjamin Palotte, 6, had joined their fathers, Shawn Noyes and Sean Palotte in the 40-degree weather to raise a playground in a single Saturday.
In addition to the planning board, three citizens and three commissioners continued a long-standing discussion on how to populate the empty buildings on Main Street and draw businesses that would generate both foot traffic and sales tax.
More than 1 out of 4 Wake County traditional-calendar students missed Monday’s makeup day, with some families starting their originally scheduled spring break instead. Attendance rates were “approaching” 80 percent in elementary school, a little more than three-quarters in middle school and about two-thirds in high school.
Wake County is cutting back on both the number of elementary schools that will get federal funding to help poor children and the amount of money schools will get per child from that program. School administrators say the change is needed because the rising number of low-income students is forcing the district to reallocate the Title I dollars to the schools that have the greatest needs.