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Wake County school system developing backup plans to open single-sex schools this year

Wake County Schools Superintendent Tony Tata is reassuring parents at two new single-sex schools that they’ll open this fall even if a deal to house the academies at William Peace University falls through.

In this letter Wednesday to families at the new schools, Tata told them that the contingency plan would be to house the men’s leadership academy at a modular school site next to East Millbrook Middle School in North Raleigh.

Tata said the backup plan for the women’s leadership academy would be to house them at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in downtown Raleigh.

School officials said there’s enough space next to East Millbrook that they could house both the men’s academy and the new Abbotts Creek Elementary School if needed. Abbotts Creek received so few applicants in the first round of the school selection process that the school’s opening may be delayed.

Staff weighing the need this fall for the two new Wake County modular campus elementary schools

If only one of the two new Wake County elementary schools does open for the 2012-13 school year, it could be Richland Creek Elementary in Wake Forest.

Superintendent Tony Tata told school board members this week that there appears to be a greater need for Richland Creek than for Abbotts Creek Elementary for the upcoming school year based on the capacity needs of their respective areas.

Tata said they'd wait until after the end of the second round of school selection to recommend whether to delay the opening of either or both schools. Both new schools, slated to open in modular campuses until their permanent buildings are constructed, had few applicants in Round 1.

1347251382 Staff weighing the need this fall for the two new Wake County modular campus elementary schools The News and Observer Copyright 2011 The News and Observer . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata says more first-round applicants will get their first choice

Here's a reap of today's press conference in which Wake County Schools Superintendent Tony Tata focused mainly on the new student assignment plan.

Wake's Customer Service Department will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at 431-7333 to field calls from people who might have problems going online to look up their results at assignment.wcpss.net. Tata asked for patience trying to get online today.

Tata said the percentage of families getting their first choice will go up over the next week. He said that over the weekend they'll fill 723 open magnet school slots with people on the wait lists, which will in turn free up more seats at the proximity schools.

UPDATE

Click here to read Wake's press release.

Corrected to reflect that there are 723 open magnet slots as oppose to the number of people on the wait lists.

Wake pushed up the posting time for the results two hours early to 3 p.m. so they're now viewable.

Once again, please contact me today at khui@newsobserver.com or Tommy Goldsmith at tgoldsmith@newsobserver.com once you've looked up the results.

1347251485 Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata says more first-round applicants will get their first choice The News and Observer Copyright 2011 The News and Observer . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Few applicants apply for Wake County's two new modular elementary schools

There's both good news and bad news in the first round of the Wake County student assignment plan choice selection results.

As noted in today's article, the results showed that 74.9 percent of the 19,048 applicants got their first-choice school. Superintendent Tony Tata touted that 97 percent of students are going to the school they want by including with the successful first-choice applicants all the other existing families who took their preliminary assignment and didn't apply.

But problems include how some schools didn't get many applicants, particularly Abbotts Creek Elementary and Richland Creek Elementary, a pair of new schools slated to open for the 2012-13 school year.

Principals named to Enloe High School and other Wake County schools

Wake County school leaders announced tonight the appointments and transfers of seven permanent and seven interim principals.

Scott Lyons was named principal of Enloe High in Raleigh with a salary of $99,666. He's been principal of Leesville Road High since 2009. He used to be an assistant principal at Enloe.

Christopher McCabe will be principal of Heritage Middle in Wake Forest with a salary of $93,303. He's been principal of North Forest Pines Drive Elementary since 2007.

SEE UPDATE AT END OF POST FOR BIO SHEETS

Filling new schools under Wake County's controlled-choice student assignment plan

How hard will it be for Wake County's new choice-based student assignment plan to fill new schools, especially ones opening in modular campuses?

As noted in this Dec. 23 North Raleigh News article by Chelsea Kellner, Wake school officials don't anticipate it being a problem. But others aren't as certain.

For instance, will parents choose the new Abbots Creek Elementary opening this summer at the modular campus next to East Millbrook Middle School? How likely are they to choose Abbots Creek considering that funding for the permanent location, adjacent to the North Wake Landfill, is from a bond issue that hasn't been scheduled yet?

Making changes to single-gender leadership academies

Wake County's two new single-gender leadership academies are undergoing some changes before they open the doors for the 2012-13 school year.

As noted in today's article by Thomas Goldsmith, Wake is now looking at partnering with Peace University to house both schools on their campus. The earlier plan was to have the male academy at the Longview School site and the female school at Raleigh Charter High's former space at Pilot Mill.

Wake will now only require that ninth-graders take Junior ROTC instead of having all grades in the program.

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