Wake County school board members tentatively approved last week a plan that would make using teacher workdays the first option for replacing winter snow days for traditional-calendar schools during the 2015-16 school year. This came after the board objected to a proposal that would have allowed students to miss up to three school days next winter before having to make up the lost time.
Wake Health Services plans to build a sizable new health center in Southeast Raleigh, nearly doubling the nonprofit’s capacity for patients in a part of the city where community leaders have long asked for better access to medical care.
Brentwood Elementary School in Raleigh was named the nation’s second-best magnet school on Saturday and Wendell Elementary School in eastern Wake was named the top elementary magnet school in the country. Both Wake County elementary schools received their accolades from Magnet Schools of America.
Twenty-two Triangle schools, led by Raleigh Charter High School, made The Washington Post’s 2015 list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. The newspaper ranked schools based on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given divided by the number of graduates.
Two of the Triangle’s three remaining video rental stores will be closing in coming months. North American Video owner Chip Williams announced he plans to close the Cameron Village location on May 31 and one on Western Boulevard by July.
The Wake County school system is host to the Magnet Schools of America’s 33rd national conference this week at the Raleigh Convention Center. Educators from Wake magnet schools are leading sessions at the conference while the district’s magnet schools opened their doors Thursday to tours from conference attendees
The $3 million project may not look like much on a map, measuring about a third of a mile, but it should circumvent nearly a mile of driving on busy streets for travelers between NC State University’s two campuses. Pullen Road will extend to meet Bilyeu Street, and Bilyeu Street will connect to Centennial Parkway.