Wake Ed

November 5, 2013

Asking that the new CTE high school be named after Vernon Malone

In the final meeting for school board members John Tedesco and Deborah Prickett, the board took action on school names and debated whether to change the assignment plan for 2014-15.

Here’s the 10,000-ft. view of what’s happened so far at today’s Wake County school board meeting – which also happens to be the final one for board members John Tedesco and Deborah Prickett.

The school board passed a resolution requesting the Wake County Board of Commissioners to name the new CTE high school in recognition of the late Vernon Malone. The item was a last-minute addition to the agenda.

Malone, as you guys may recall, was a former school board chairman, chairman of the commissioners and state Senator. The final decision rests with the commissioners because they own the building and not the school system.

Also today, the board approved South Garner High as the name of the new school that will be built on Clifford Road in Garner. But the board sent back to the facilities committee the decision on naming the new high school that will be built on Roberts Road in Cary.

During an information session, staff said that while the test scores will be lower than normal this year that a lot of schools made growth based on EVAAS.

Prickett and Tedesco received plaques thanking them for their four years of service. Tedesco said that a lot of good had been accomplished, pointing to things such as stability in student assignment and more students getting access to advanced courses.

During the work session, staff made their presentation calling for no assignment changes to the 14-15 plan to provide stability for families. They’ll use more enrollment caps and more modulars for the crowded schools and additional funding for the underenrolled schools.

The more comprehensive review would come later as they fill the new schools coming from the recently passed bond issue.

But Tedesco and board member Jim Martin urged their colleagues to make some tweaks to the plan, which are based on the 2011-12 maps. Staff wants a vote Dec. 3.

Dec. 3 is also when staff wants the board to approve the district’s AIG plan for academically and intellectually gifted students. Among the things mentioned today are new gateways to identify students from underrepresented groups and more of a focus on push-in instead of push-out for AG instruction.

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