Wake Ed

Wake County may recommend converting some year-round schools

A recommendation of potential school calendar conversions is just one of the many items the Wake County school board will deal with on Tuesday.

With Tuesday being the last full board meeting until July 21, a lot of items are are on the agenda. The board historically cancels one of its two July meetings.

During the work session, staff will recommend whether to convert Highcroft Drive Elementary, Salem Elementary and Salem Middle to the traditional calendar for the 2016-17 school year. This discussion is separate from one taking place about switching 12 high-poverty elementary schools in 2016-17 to a new type of year-round calendar called the continuous learning calendar.

Following Tuesday’s recommendation, the board would vote on the potential Highcroft and Salem conversions on July 21.

Other work-session topics include a look at the items the board will deal with in the next quarter, a discussion of the names of five new schools recommended by the facilities committee and an update on the principles of the magnet school program.

For instance, one of the potential revisions to the magnet principles would expand wording about providing expanded educational opportunities to also say “innovative” educational opportunities.

Also during the work session, the board will hear an update on what the transportation department is doing to prepare for the 2015-16 school year along with proposed changes in transportation policies. The board will hold first adoption of the policy changes during the regular meeting Tuesday.

The last work-session item is an update on the 2015-16 operating budget. The presentation will include information on the impact of the state Senate’s budget proposal and the decision by county commissioners to provide around $44 million more to schools this year.

The budget discussion is a prelude to the adoption of an interim budget at the regular meeting. The final Wake school budget won’t be updated until the state budget is approved.

Other votes at the regular meeting include:

▪ Approval of a contract with Acceleration Academies LLC to set up academies where dropouts would get another chance to earn their high school diploma;

▪ Approval of exceptional children’s transportation contracts for the upcoming school year;

▪ Initial approval of an updated policy regulating student use of school technology that includes allowing the superintendent to go after disruptive social media accounts;

▪ Contracts with Raleigh and Cary to provide school resource officers and renewal of the contract with AlliedBarton Security Services to provide unarmed officers at schools and at central office;

▪ Approval of a contract to purchase land for a new high school in the eastern Raleigh/western Knightdale area.

There could also be a bunch of potential principal changes announced Tuesday, which is typical for this time of the year.