Wake Ed

Calendar change could impact four Wake County magnet schools

Amelia Ewens, 5, listens to Emily Hardee, Brentwood Magnet Elementary School's Magnet coordinator, left, talk during a Magnet Mini Fair at Farmington Woods Elementary School in Cary, N.C., Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Ewens was at the fair with her parents Samantha and Andy Ewens. Brentwood is one of four magnet schools that could switch to a year-round calendar in August 2016.
Amelia Ewens, 5, listens to Emily Hardee, Brentwood Magnet Elementary School's Magnet coordinator, left, talk during a Magnet Mini Fair at Farmington Woods Elementary School in Cary, N.C., Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Ewens was at the fair with her parents Samantha and Andy Ewens. Brentwood is one of four magnet schools that could switch to a year-round calendar in August 2016. ehyman@newsobserver.com

The potential conversion of four Wake County magnet schools to a year-round calendar could affect decisions that parents make before the application period ends next Friday.

Brentwood, Bugg, Fox Road and Smith elementary schools are among nine schools that could switch from the traditional calendar to the track 4 year-round schedule as soon as this August. The school board is not scheduled to vote on the conversions until Feb. 2, after the magnet-school application period ends on Jan. 22.

School administrators will brief the board on the conversion proposal on Tuesday. One of the things that could emerge from the work session is whether the conversions would take place in the 2016-17 school year or the 2017-18 school year.

If the conversions are approved for this year, the first day of class on track 4 would be Aug. 1 compared to Aug. 29 for traditional-calendar schools. Plus, families at the newly converted schools would have to plan for the periodic three-week breaks built into the year-round calendar.

The potential conversions could cause some parents to shy away from applying to Brentwood, Bugg, Fox Road or Smith or to revise their applications to remove them from their choices. But it could cause other parents to be more interested in applying to those four schools.

Families are slated to find out Feb. 5 if they’ve been accepted into a magnet school. If they don’t want to accept their seat, they can apply online between Feb. 8-12 to return to their base school.

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