Parents, business people and educators – mostly educators – are looking at how to improve the quality of education in eastern Wake County schools – specifically East Wake High School and the schools that feed into it.
The excercise mirrors a process undertaken for Knightdale area schools. That effort led to a change in the principalship at Knightdale High School and a set of new assumptions regarding the best way to teach young people and prepare them for the world outside school.
Changing a system as complex as a school – or even a set of schools – is no small matter. Everything from when a child’s best learning times are and studying infrastructure in the schools to community expectations and creating a seamless system that incorporates not only the high school but the elementary and middle schools that supply the high school student body must be considered if sustainable results are to follow.
To its credit, the Wake County Board of Education worked to honor the recommendations that flowed out of the Knightdale Work Group’s efforts. That has provided additional resources and a new curriculum at the high school.
Later this month, the East Wake Work Group is slated to finish its work by developing a set of recommendations they would like to see made to address the schools’ current weaknesses. Already East Wake High School has seen arguably one of the biggest changes in recent years when the school system abandoned the small school concept and returned East Wake to one school under one roof.
But East Wake’s problems and challenges preceded the move to a small school program, which means more must be done than simply reverting to the old, failed model.
School board members will likely be asked to put additional resources in the Wendell- and Zebulon-area schools in the form of technology and curriculum offerings.
We hope the school board will look as favorably upon the East Wake Work Group’s recommendations as they did toward the changes implemented in the Knightdale schools.