Wake Ed

Wake County school board to vote on new magnet schools

Calendars, magnet schools and design money for new schools are among the items the Wake County school board will tackle on Tuesday.

During the work session, staff will present the 2016-17 weather makeup day options for traditional, year-round and modified-calendar schools. The board is scheduled to approve the weather plan and the calendars during the regular meeting.

The 2016-17 traditional calendar doesn’t officially touch spring break. But it does list a Saturday, April 8, as a potential makeup day. April 7 is the last day of classes before spring break so families may want to consider holding off on leaving town until after April 8.

Other work session topics include:

▪ A look at what the school system will be focused on from October through December;

▪ Information from the Neimand Collaborative about results from a recent statewide survey about voter support and perceptions involving public education.

At the regular meeting, the board will vote on making Athens Drive High School in Raleigh and Reedy Creek Middle School in Cary as magnet schools. Funding for those two schools and for modifying the magnet themes at East Millbrook Middle School in Raleigh and Powell Elementary School in Raleigh would be requested from a federal magnet school grant application.

While it’s on the consent agenda, the board may move to the action agenda a vote on reallocating $2.6 million to start design work on Bryan Road Middle School in Garner, M-12 middle school in western Cary and H-13 high school in Fuquay-Varina.

Some Garner officials and community members have talked about showing up at the board meeting to complain about not getting design money for Bryan Road Middle. But they may instead show up now to thank the school system.