The WakeEd blog is devoted to discussing and answering questions about the major issues facing the Wake County school system. WakeEd is maintained by The News & Observer's Wake schools reporter, T. Keung Hui.
Marvin Connelly, the Wake County school system's chief of staff and strategic planning, talks about how proposed new summer programs will help reach the goal of having 95 percent of students graduating high school. Video by Keung Hui, email@example.com
The 32.55-acre former Corning Glass Works site at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and New Hope Church Road in northeast Raleigh is smaller than the 60-acre sites that the Wake County school system usually buys for high schools. School board Vice Chairman Tom Benton says the high school, located on a hazardous waste site, would be of a “different design” than found at traditional 2,000-student high schools.
A ruling that keeps alive a legal challenge of Wake County school board election maps drawn in 2013 by the Republican-led state legislature has been put on hold while judges hear a request to reconsider the case. The Wake County Board of Elections has asked the entire U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a 2-1 decision by an appellate panel that reversed the dismissal of the lawsuit challenging the new Wake school lines.
The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to drop the renovation of Vandora Springs Elementary School in Garner and the construction of a new elementary school in Holly Springs from the current construction program. Commissioners also discussed the potential closure of the community library at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh.
Todd Wirt will leave his position as Wake County’s assistant superintendent for academics to become Orange County superintendent on Wednesday. At least three North Carolina school systems will now be led by former Wake school administrators.
Mary Williams, a third-grade teacher at Wakefield Elementary in North Raleigh, talks about the school changing from the year-round calendar to the traditional calendar for the 2015-16 school year.
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