Wake Ed

Wake County school board to hear magnet school proposal

The Wake County school board will talk about potential new magnet schools and the 2016-17 calendar for traditional-calendar schools on Tuesday.

At the work session, staff will brief the board on the proposal to add magnet programs to Athens Drive High School in Raleigh and Reedy Creek Middle School in Cary and to overhaul the magnet themes at East Millbrook Middle School and Powell Elementary School, both in Raleigh.

As previously reported, the goal would be to help reduce the pecentages of low-income students at the four schools. Staff wants board input on whether to include the four schools in the next federal magnet school grant.

Also during the work session, staff will present the latest proposed 2016-17 calendars for traditional, year-round and modified-calendar schools. As previously reported, the board is wrestling with how to come up with a calendar for traditonal schools.

Wake County school leaders are blaming the state’s school calendar law with forcing them to consider options for next school year that include a shorter winter break and holding classes on the Jewish holy day of Rosh Hashanah. But it looks like the idea of adopting a calendar that goes against the calendar law is off the table.

The regular session agenda looks to be fairly short.