Combs Elementary School PTA volunteers talk with parents as they wait in carpool line Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 near the school. Volunteers were urging parents to ask state legislators to give school districts flexibility on the new K-3 class sizes going into effect in July. The smaller class sizes could cost school districts problems such as losing art and music classrooms and forcing classes to share rooms.
Parents in Holly Springs are concerned that the new Buckhorn Creek Elementary will be traditional calendar rather than year-round, what most kids are on now. Residents say the school board has largely ignored community desires.
Lincoln Heights Elementary in Fuquay-Varina is getting a new environmental connections magnet school theme and a soon-to-be renovated campus to try to help educate its 500 students. Seven out of 10 of Lincoln Heights’ students receive federally subsidized lunches and 37 percent of the students are proficient on state reading exams. Reading scores are significantly higher at other schools around Fuquay-Varina where the populations also have far fewer low-income students.
Jonathan Enns, principal of Fuquay-Varina High School, was honored by students and faculty Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 during a pep rally in his honor after he was named Wake County 2017 Principal of the Year.
Video: Parent Kristin Riha from Fuquay is concerned that a proposed Wake County school reassignment plan will have her two daughters, two grades apart, going to different schools. One would be on a traditional calendar year schedule; the other on year-round. They get ready for school on Sept. 29, 2017.
North Carolina elementary schools are facing tough choices to find enough classrooms to meet smaller state-mandated K-3 class sizes. At Sycamore Creek Elementary School in Raleigh, several elective teachers lost their classrooms and now carry their supplies on carts.