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Wake County schools to discuss calendar conversions

Parents at Highcroft Drive Elementary School in Cary hold up signs at Tuesday's Wake County school board work session asking for the school to be put on the traditional calendar.
Parents at Highcroft Drive Elementary School in Cary hold up signs at Tuesday's Wake County school board work session asking for the school to be put on the traditional calendar. khui@newsobserver.com

The Wake County school board’s facilities committee will discuss Tuesday the potential calendar conversion of Highcroft Drive Elementary School and the renovation of Rolesville Elementary School.

The first item on the meeting agenda is a review of staff’s recommendations to convert Highcroft in 2016 to the traditional calendar while leaving Salem elementary and middle schools as multi-track year-round schools. School board member Bill Fletcher, a skeptic of converting the schools, wanted further discussion before the July 21 vote on the recommendations.

Staff will also discuss options for renovating Rolesville Elementary, including whether to keep or demolish the gym building. Rolesville town leaders want the gym saved.

Other topics include:

▪ Reviewing the design of E-28 in east Raleigh, which could be named Poole Road Elementary School;

▪ Reviewing the design of M-11 in Apex, which could be named Apex Friendship Middle School;

▪ Discussing a new process for analyzing and prioritizing school district space needs;

▪ An update on Wake’s efforts to expand participation of minority-owned and women-owned businesses in school construction contracts.

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