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Wake County school board to discuss school calendar changes

Wake County families will find out Wednesday whether their schools are under consideration for calendar changes for the 2017-18 school year.

The agenda for Wednesday’s facilities committee meeting includes staff recommending which schools could be considered for conversion to a multi-track year-round calendar, single-track year-round or traditional calendar. The recommendations will be based on data presented in May about calendar utilization at year-round and traditional schools.

For instance, the May analysis found that traditional-calendar schools are more likely to be overcrowded than schools on other calendars.

Last year, staff had put converting Highcroft Elementary, Salem Elementary and Salem Middle on the table for potential conversion to the traditional calendar.

The board voted in July to convert Highcroft, which will become a traditional-calendar school starting in August 2016. But the board also agreed in July to leave the Salem schools on year-round and to revisit the issue in a year.

Other agenda topics Wednesday include:

▪ Reviewing the schematic design for the new E-45 elementary school that will be built in southern Holly Springs;

▪ Reviewing the schematic design for the renovation/replacement of Vandora Springs Elementary School in Garner:

▪ Reviewing choices for naming the new E-45 elementary school;

▪ Reviewing choices for naming the new H-13 high school in eastern Fuquay-Varina;

▪ Reviewing the projects that are being funded as a result of the SNAP needs analysis;

▪ Reviewing a memorandum of understanding for a proposed joint elementary school/YMCA facility in Southeast Raleigh;

▪ Reviewing a memorandum of understanding with Wake Tech for a proposed CTE high school in Wake Forest.