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Wake County school board to discuss student assignment plan

Cary Park families attend Oct. 4, 2018 Wake County school board meeting to urge changes in the draft 2017-18 student assignment plan.
Cary Park families attend Oct. 4, 2018 Wake County school board meeting to urge changes in the draft 2017-18 student assignment plan. khui@newsobserver.com

Wake County school board members will discuss student assignment, expansion of the magnet school program, student discipline and test results on Monday.

The school board’s student achievement committee will discuss the second draft of the 2017-18 student assignment plan. One of the issues on the table is whether Alston Ridge Elementary School in Cary will remain on a year-round calendar when the adjoining traditional-calendar middle school opens in 2019.

Also on Monday, the committee will discuss an opportunity to add more magnet schools. The next round of the federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant was moved up to next year, which means Wake can apply sooner than expected for more federal funding to add magnet schools and to revise themes at existing schools.

The specific schools being considered for the new grant will be presented to the school board soon.

One sign though is Partnership Elementary School in Raleigh has told parents it’s officially becoming a magnet school in 2017 and will have the new “interactive community” theme. Partnership for years has been an application school but hasn’t officially been considered a magnet school.

Wake is still waiting to find out about how its last grant fared to start new programs at Athens Drive High School and Reedy Creek Middle School and to revise the themes at East Millbrook Middle School and Powell Elementary School.

Other topics Monday include:

▪ A report on how suspensions among African-American students have dropped at Daniels, Fuquay-Varina, Ligon and Wendell middle schools since they started a new program;

▪ A report on how Wake County students fared academically during the 2015-16 school year.

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