Wake Ed

Wake County school board to send overflow from Enloe High School

Teacher contracts, teacher pay, Enloe High School’s enrollment cap and the renaming of two high schools are among the issues that the Wake County school board will tackle Tuesday.

During the work session, the board will have further discussion on how to apply $3.75 million the Wake County Board of Commissioners set aside last year for teacher raises. Also on the work session is discussion on where, in lieu of using Broughton High School, the overflow from Enloe’s base should be sent to for the 2015-16 school year.

School board Chairwoman Christine Kushner said the official vote on both work-session items will likely take place Feb. 17.

During the regular session, the board will hold first reading on a policy on nonrenewal of teachers on renewable contracts. It’s basically the school board’s attempt to provide locally many of the due-process rights that state legislators removed from teachers as part of the effort to eliminate tenure.

The policy on the table Tuesday is a lot more detailed than the one pulled from the Jan. 20 meeting. That’s largely due to the efforts of school board member Jim Martin.

Martin said he was concerned the January version didn’t do enough to provide job security for veteran teachers who are now unable to get career status.

“We must have a differential contract commitment to our long-term teachers than those who have just been hired,” Martin said. “The original language effectively had everybody as an at-will employee. I know too much about the process of education for teachers to be at will.”

Also during the regular session, the board will vote on renaming East Wake High School as part of the consolidation of the campus from four small schools to one school.

Another school renaming involves dropping the name of N.C. State from the Wake NC State STEM Early College High School. The district is making the change at the request of N.C. State officials.