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September 2, 2014

Wake County school board to discuss state budget and calendar conversions

During Tuesday’s work session, the Wake County school board will discuss the impact of the General Assembly’s short session and options for dealing with five schools that include converting some to a traditional calendar and others to a multi-track year-round calendar.

State funding for education and school calendar conversions will be major points of discussion at today’s Wake County school board meeting.

During the work session, the board will get a legislative update on the General Assembly’s short session and the next steps for Wake. The next steps include how Wake will respond to the state budget that will result in the district spending more money to match state pay raises for teachers while dealing with state cuts in areas such as teacher assistants and transportation.

Also during the work session, the board will discuss options to deal with underenrollment at Ballentine and Wakefield elementary schools and overcrowding at Alston Ridge and Mills Park elementary schools and Mills Park Middle School. While the options include things such as adding and removing trailers and reassigning students in and out, the option that’s gotten the most attention is the conversion of some schools to a traditional school and others to a multi-track year-round calendar.

This is the first full-board discussion on the options for those five schools since they were presented at the Aug. 13 meeting of the facilities committee. The board is expected to vote on the options on Sept. 16.

Parents at the five schools have been talking about showing up during the regular meeting to voice their comments directly to the board. Wake has been asking parents to submit comments at community meetings and online.

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