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Questioning the role of teachers in math placement in Wake County middle schools

How much of a role should Central Office play in math placement single-subject acceleration decisions at Wake County middle schools?

As Wake's documentation shows, the recommendations from each school-based committee for gifted education are reviewed by Central Office for approval. That drew complaints from the parents of academically gifted parents who are speaking out on the issue of single-subject acceleration.

An example the parents have cited is how Carnage Middle School, one of the GT/AG Basic magnet schools, is no longer being allowed to give its own math exam for placement of sixth-grade students.


According to the parent group, they've been told that Davis Drive Middle School and Martin Middle School also gave school-level math placement exams.

Wake County school system names 2013-14 Teacher of the Year finalists

Congratulations to the 12 finalists for the Wake County school system's 2013-14 Teacher of the Year award.

The finalists are Lisa Amador of Yates Mill Elementary in Raleigh, Sonya Brown of Smith Elementary in Garner, Elizabeth Crowell of Davis Drive Middle in Cary, Laurie Dillman of Fuquay-Varina High, Amy-Lyn Foster of Lockhart Elementary in Knightdale, Lindsay Hamrick of Martin Middle in Raleigh, Dianne Jones of Wiley Elementary in Raleigh, Anne Mayer of Sycamore Creek Elementary in Raleigh, Luke Miles of Durant Road Middle in Raleigh, Lynn Rustay of Holly Ridge Elementary in Holly Springs, Rachael Stauffer of Olive Chapel Elementary in Apex and Keri Woronka of Pleasant Union Elementary in Raleigh.

The winner will be announced May. 9.

Knightdale community asks Wake County school system for more help for the town's schools

Is the Wake County school system letting Knightdale's schools down?

As noted in today's article, speakers at Tuesday's school board meeting complained that the school system has not done enough over the years to help improve the academic situation in Knightdale. The words got both harsh and impassioned.

At the same time, school administrators and board members say they're trying to find ways to help schools in the town.

Assessing whether Wake County's magnet schools are aligned to the program's principles

Which Wake County magnet schools, if any, should be worrying about losing their magnet status?

During Tuesday's school board work session, Deputy Superintendent Cathy Moore said the determination on demagnetization is a longer more drawn out process that they weren't going to discuss yet. She wanted the board to focus on the adoption of the magnet principles and which schools to include in the magnet grant.

But this color-coded chart showing how the existing magnets fare under the magnet principles could give an indication of which schools might be at higher risk. Green indicates strongly aligned with the magnet principles, yellow is moderately aligned and red and white both mean not aligned.

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.


New principal named to Wake Early College of Health and Sciences

The Wake County school board appointed one permanent and five interim principals this evening.

Lisa Whitaker was named principal of Wake Early College of Health and Sciences in Raleigh with a salary of $85,659. She has been an assistant principal at Middle Creek High since 2008.

Gerald Pickett was hired to be interim principal of Enloe High in Raleigh with a salary equivalent to $127,496. He was principal of Fuquay-Varina from 2001 until he retired in 2005.


Enloe High principal to oversee magnet school program

The Wake County school board announced tonight that two schools are getting new principals and that Enloe High School's principal is moving to Central Office to oversee the magnet school program.

Beth Cochran, Enloe's principal since 2005, will now become the senior director of magnet programs. Enloe, located in East Raleigh, is the school system's flagship magnet school.

Wade Martin was named principal of Middle Creek High in Cary with a salary of $94,700 a year. He's been principal of Martin Middle since 2006.

Wake's 2011 magnet and calendar-application results

The trend of more Wake County families getting into magnet schools since the end of the old diversity policy is continuing.

School officials say 4,720 out of 8,476 applicants, or 55.7 percent, were accepted into magnet schools for the 2011-12 school year. Last year, 4,450 out of 8,732 applicants were accepted, or 51 percent.

A small part of this year's increase can be attributed to the opening of the new Wake NC State STEM Early College. But that's only 56 kids.

Questions about approving the transfer for Debra Goldman's daughter

Did you know that you could bypass the normal paperwork and procedure for getting a student transfer in Wake County by appealing directly to the superintendent?

As noted in today's article, that's evidently what school board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman's family did to get their daughter transferred, with bus service provided. She's one of only 15 students in all of Wake County who are attending their current school based on an "administrative transfer" approved by the superintendent.

Michael Evans, Wake's chief communications officer, said that then-interim Superintendent Donna Hargens had approved in January a verbal request from the parent at Goldman's address in Cary to transfer to Davis Drive Middle School. (He worded it that way without saying Goldman's name due to privacy rules.)

Board pulls most of Daniels Middle moves

Following intense lobbying from parents at Daniels Middle School, the Wake County school board has agreed to only reassign 73 out of 170 students into the school.

Citing crowding issues, the board agreed to move in 73 students from Leesville Middle to Daniels. But the board killed plans to move in 97 students from Centennial, East Millbrook and West Millbrook middle schools.

Staff had recommended bringing in those 170 Southeast Raleigh students both to relieve crowding at Leesville and to send kids closer to home.


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