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Wake County school board to discuss school space needs

Longview School students prepare for graduation in 2014. A new Wake County school analysis says the district needs more space for alternative programs such as Longview.
Longview School students prepare for graduation in 2014. A new Wake County school analysis says the district needs more space for alternative programs such as Longview.

The Wake County school board will adopt the student assignment plan on Tuesday, elect new leadership, discuss space needs for academic programs and take more aim at the General Assembly for changing its election districts.

The sole item on the work session agenda is the staff’s presentation of the top needs for new spaces to promote academic achievement. The majority of the space needs deal with creating additional alternative learning spaces, such as more space where students can go to learn when they’re suspended from attending their base school.

There’s also a need for finding space for an “enterprise learning model,” also called blended learning. Space would be needed for 30 to 50 high school students to attend school during flexible hours for a mix of online and face-to-face courses.

Next comes the annual meeting, where a new board chair and vice chair will be elected for one-year terms. Christine Kushner is stepping down as board chairwoman after two years.

If the board follows tradition, which is not always a given, Vice Chairman Tom Benton would step up to become board chair with another board member getting vice chair.

Then comes the regular meeting, where the board will officially adopt the 2016-17 student assignment plan. It’s unlikely the board will make any last-minute changes after having decided at the last meeting to only drop the change in middle school bases for Pleasant Union Elementary.

Also during the regular meeting, the board is scheduled to take a vote reaffirming a resolution that it passed in 2013 in favor of the school board election maps adopted in 2011. Those maps were altered by the General Assembly in 2013.

The new vote comes as the trial in the federal lawsuit over the election changes is scheduled to start Dec. 16.

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