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Wake County school board to get Elementary Support Model update

Brentwood Elementary School fourth-grader Isabella Campos adjusts a lighthouse she and her classmates built. The Wake County school system is considering whether to convert Brentwood and eight other schools to a year-round calendar for the 2017-18 school year.
Brentwood Elementary School fourth-grader Isabella Campos adjusts a lighthouse she and her classmates built. The Wake County school system is considering whether to convert Brentwood and eight other schools to a year-round calendar for the 2017-18 school year. News & Observer file photo

Wake County school board members will get updates Monday on several programs, including potentially whether several elementary schools could still face being switched to the year-round calendar in 2017.

The agenda for Monday’s student achievement committee meeting includes updates on the Elementary Support Model (ESM) program and the Restart Model schools. The school system has spent the past year reviewing whether to put all 12 ESM schools on the single-track year-round calendar, which would be a major change for the nine traditional-calendar schools in the program.

Those nine traditional-calendar schools are Brentwood, Bugg, Fox Road, Lynn Road and Walnut Creek in Raleigh; Creech Road, East Garner and Smith in Garner; and Lincoln Heights Elementary in Fuquay-Varina. More than 5,000 students attend the nine schools.

In February, the school board agreed to not convert the nine traditional-calendar schools for the 2016-17 school year but to go ahead with having the three existing year-round schools all use track 4. But at the time, staff said they might come back in May to ask the board for approval to change calendars for the 2017-18 school year.

In the intervening time period, Wake got state permission in April to operate Walnut Creek and Barwell Road Elementary, also an ESM school, under the restart model for the 2016-17 school year. In that model, both schools will get flexibility to operate more like charter schools, which aren’t subject to the state’s school calendar law.

Other topics on Monday’s agenda are:

▪ A presentation on Wake’s Language Assistance program for English learners that serves more than 12,000 students a year;

▪ A presentation on Wake’s 2016 summer camp programs that will be offered to provide extra help to students;

▪ A presentation on the Crossroads Flex High School that is scheduled to open in August with a mix of online and in-person courses and flexible hours;

▪ A presentation on Wake’s school-based mental health programs.

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