Much of the focus of today’s Wake County school board meeting will be on what’s done with the calendars at Mills Park Middle School and Alston Ridge, Ballentine, Mills Park and Wakefield elementary schools.
The school board will discuss the five schools during this afternoon’s work session with a vote scheduled for the regular meeting. One of the questions is whether the school board will convert the two Mills Park schools to the year-round calendar or support spending at least $2 million to place more classroom trailers on the shared campus.
Based on the Sept. 2 work-session discussion, there appears to be support on the board for converting Wakefield to the traditional calendar and collapsing a track at Ballentine while letting it remain a year-round school.
A majority of school board members also seemed okay with converting Alston Ridge to mulitrack year-round. But board member Susan Evans said they should consider not converting Alston Ridge if Mills Park Middle remains a traditional-calendar school. She pointed to the impact it would have on Alston Ridge families being on four tracks as opposed to just one when feeding into a traditional-calendar middle school.
Also set for discussion during the work session and action at the regular meeting is a vote on spending $24,900 to hire the N.C. School Boards Association to overhaul the school system’s policy manual.