Wake Ed

Wake County school board to vote on magnet schools, extending superintendent’s contract

Magnet-school expansion, the new strategic plan and extending Superintendent Jim Merrill’s contract are among the items the Wake County school board are scheduled to discuss today.

During the work session, the board will get an update on the development of the new strategic plan, whose final draft is expected to be presented in December. The new proposed goal is to “by 2020, WCPSS will annually graduate at least 95% of its students ready for higher education, career, and other lifelong opportunities.”

During the regular meeting, the board will vote on turning Broughton High School, Daniels Middle School and Hodge Road, Jeffreys Grove and Stough elementary schools into magnet schools for next year. The board will also vote on offering ninth grade at the Vernon Malone College and Career Academy next year.

Both changes would take place in time to be advertised at the district’s Nov. 1 Magnet and Early Colleges Fair.

Also on the regular agenda is a vote that would extend Merrill’s contract through up to June 30, 2018. The extension could also come with a raise to Merrill’s $275,000 base salary.

Merrill was hired last year on a four-year contract – the maximum allowed under state law – through June 2017. It’s generally seen as a vote of confidence when a school board extends the superintendent’s contract out to that fourth year.