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Wake County holding meetings on possible calendar changes

The first of two public information sessions to get feedback on possible Wake County school calendar changes will be held Thursday night at Highcroft Drive Elementary School in Cary.

The school system is considering whether to convert Highcroft and two Apex schools – Salem Elementary and Salem Middle – to the traditional calendar for the 2016-17 school year. Thursday’s meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in Highcroft’s gym. The next meeting will be Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Salem Middle.

In addition to the meetings, Wake has online forums for parents at the three schools to provide comments and ask questions.

The online response has been the most heated at Highcroft’s forum. Some parents want the school to switch to a traditional calendar while others want to leave it on a single-track year-round calendar or convert to multi-track year-round.

The online response has also been mixed on Salem Middle’s forum.

There’s been far less response on Salem Elementary’s forum compared to the other two schools. But the majority of those who’ve commented want to keep Salem Elementary on the year-round calendar.

School administrators have put the three schools on the table because most year-round schools in western Wake are under-capacity while most traditional-calendar schools are over-capacity.

After the meetings and forums, administrators will recommend to the school board June 16 whether any of the schools should be converted. The board would vote July 21.