Wake Ed

Highcroft Drive Elementary calendar change being considered

The calendar that Highcroft Drive Elementary School in Cary should use for the 2016-17 school year will be under review by the Wake County school system over the next several months.

Administrators said Wednesday they’re considering recommending calendar changes at several schools, including Highcroft. It could result in Highcroft moving from the single-track year-round calendar to the traditional calendar.

School board member Susan Evans said that the new White Oak Elementary School, scheduled to open in 2016, is larger than Highcroft and would make more sense to operate as a year-round school.

“That campus and the layout lends itself better to multi-track year-round,” Evans said about White Oak at Wednesday’s facilities committee meeting. “It can hold more students.”

Evans said she’s not talking about flip flopping the populations of Highcroft and White Oak, just changing calendars.

Parental feedback would be sought at any schools facing calendar changes.

Highcroft had operated on the traditional calendar until it was among the 19 elementary schools that were converted to multi-track year-round in the 2007-08 school year as a way to save on capital costs.

Highcroft was switched to single track in the 2011-12 school year as a way to save on operating costs. The school wasn’t put back on traditional calendar to make it easier to potentially switch it back to multi-track.

During last year’s review of whether to switch Mills Park Elementary to multi-track, some parents there had argued that Highcroft should be changed instead. Staff had said they weren’t recommending it for Highcroft because it was smaller than Mills Park.

Joe Desormeaux, assistant superintendent for facilities, said one of the things they’ll weigh in the next few months is whether the growth around the western Cary school means Highcroft should stay on single track in case it needs to go back to multi-track in the future.