The assistance that can be provided to non-magnet schools will be the bulk of today's Wake County school board student achievement committee meeting with a little discussion set aside for school start times.
The committee will discuss Wake's curriculum enhancement and school support options. The committee will review existing programs, criteria/selection, school performance, school demographics, growth composites, Title I schools and support, and intervention-at risk support.
This topic comes as staff told board members they would look to see what additional assistance could be offered to schools that aren't getting magnet programs as part of the new federal magnet grant.
Board member Christine Kushner, the committee chairwoman, said the second topic involves seeing how the community can get involved in terms of setting bell schedules. You had all the bell schedule changes this year to implement the new transportation plan and the periodic debates about which start times work better for which ages.
Deputy Superintendent Cathy Moore said today she'll form a committee to look at bell schedule issues, including whether to change the start times for high schools and elementary schools.
Moore said the committee will be similar to the ones formed to work on the calendars and the time committee that recommended Wake Wednesdays/ Wacky Wednesdays. It will have members from the community and school system.
The committee was requested by Kushner. Moore got the go ahead from school board chairman Kevin Hill and board vice chairman Keith Sutton.
I'll do a separate post on the programs discussed today.