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Wake County school board to discuss school calendar changes

From left, Jerry Crisler, 9, Aniya Pettiford, 10, Aniyah Alford, 10, and Miguel Candela, 10, use 'whisper phones' to listen to themselves read out loud during writing and reading in their fourth grade class at Walnut Creek Elementary School on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 in Raleigh. Walnut Creek is one of nine elementary schools that could switch to the year-round calendar in 2016.
From left, Jerry Crisler, 9, Aniya Pettiford, 10, Aniyah Alford, 10, and Miguel Candela, 10, use 'whisper phones' to listen to themselves read out loud during writing and reading in their fourth grade class at Walnut Creek Elementary School on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 in Raleigh. Walnut Creek is one of nine elementary schools that could switch to the year-round calendar in 2016. jhknight@newsobserver.com

Calendar conversions, enrollment caps, the renovation plan for Apex High and policy changes dealing with school threats and student transfers are all part of the Wake County school board’s agenda on Tuesday.

During the work session, the board will have more discussion about the proposal to switch nine elementary schools from the traditional calendar to the track 4 year-round schedule in an effort to boost academic performance. It’s a prelude to a Feb. 2 vote on the proposal.

The board wants more information on childcare availability during trackouts for the high-poverty schools that would be impacted. During the meeting, staff will discuss whether the conversions should take place during the 2016-17 or 2017-18 school years.

Also during the work session, staff will discuss two options for renovating Apex High School. The current plan is to relocate Apex High students to the new Green Level High School for the 2017-18 school year while the campus is partially rebuilt and renovated.

But a new more costly option that will be presented Tuesday would have Apex High students stay at Green Level High for both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. This would allow for a revised renovation plan in which the entire campus would be demolished and replaced.

Funding for the bulk of Apex High’s work isn’t in hand yet. It’s dependent on it being provided in the next building program.

Also during the work session, staff will discuss the proposal to place enrollment caps on 15 schools for the 2016-17 school year. The board is scheduled to vote on the caps during the regular meeting.

Also at the regular meeting, the board will have the second and final readings to adopt policies that would:

▪ Potentially require students to make restitution, either monetarily or through community service, if they make threats that lead to school evacuations;

▪ Make it harder for parents to transfer their children into different schools this fall, especially if they’re trying to leave an under-enrolled school or get into a crowded school.

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