Longtime assistant coach Sam Hershey will be the new head softball coach at Wake Forest High School, athletics director Mike Joyner announced Wednesday. He succeeds Doug Kinsman.
Six years later, Garner leaders are doing a 180 about the prospect of a new high school and elementary school opening in their town.
As noted in Wednesday's article in the Garner-Cleveland Record by Kyle Jahner, Garner Mayor Ronnie Wllliams says the new Bryan Road Elementary School and the new high school are needed.
Contrast this to 2007 and 2008 when Williams and other town leaders tried to block efforts to open new schools in Garner because of concerns the campuses would be overpopulated with low-income students from Southeast Raleigh.
The Wake County school board will have a wide range of items to deal with today, including budget, school capping, school calendars, school name changes and school board election districts.
During the work session, one topic is "Wake County Board of Education's Support of the Current Election Districts for Board Positions." Presumably the board will be asked to officially oppose Senate Bill 325, which would change the election districts.
The board will continue to discuss the budget and go over instructional calendars, presumably for the 2014-15 school year.
The Wake County school board will deal today with another consequence of abandoning the Forest Ridge High School site in favor of Rolesville High School.
During the work session, school administrators will propose that Wake Forest-Rolesville High School be renamed Wake Forest High School because Rolesville High is opening in August. There's a price tag for the change.
According to this handout, it would cost $20,000 to change the name of the sign in front of Wake Forest-Rolesville and to change the sign in the main gym. But the big price tag is the estimated $100,000 in new uniforms for the high school to reflect the name change.
School board members indicated they'd support renaming Wake Forest-Rolesville High and Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle at the April 9 meeting. The discussion was mixed on West Apex HIgh with several board members said they'd like Friendship High. But at staff's urging, they'll see what the Apex Town Council does tonight.
Add Apex Middle School and Athens Drive High to the list of Wake County schools getting extra security Friday in response to rumors that students will bring weapons to campus that day.
Those two schools, along with Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, will see extra police and school security staff on campus. They're all dealing with rumors about impending violence that school officials say aren't believed to be real.
But no one is taking chances at those three schools in the aftermath of last week's Connecticut school shootings. Mike Charbonneau, a Wake schools' spokesman, said extra security will be provided to any other schools that have concerns.
Charbonneau said the rumors circulating at the three schools are part of a national rumor that's floating around about school violence. Similar rumors were spread nationally after the Columbine High School massacre in 1999.
In the latest fallout over the mass school shooting last week in Connecticut, look for extra security to be at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School on Friday.
In a letter sent home to families today and posted on the school website, Wake Forest-Rolesville High Principal Patti Hamler said that a rumor has been circulating that some students plan to bring weapons to campus Friday. In the letter, Hamler cited “recent national events” and stated that the school takes any threat or rumor of violence seriously.
Hamler said in the letter that school administrators and Wake County school security staff “have no reason to believe there is any real threat to student safety.”
Tonight's big Cap Eight 4A showdown between Wake Forest-Rolesville and Wakefield is at Wakefield at 7 p.m. The site was wrong in this morning's paper.
The Wake County school board announced Tuesday two new high school principals and two interim principals.
Patti Hamler will now be principal of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School with a salary of $124,043. Hamler is a former high school principal who has been principal of Leesville Road Middle School in North Raleigh since 2007.
David Schwenker will be principal of Southeast Raleigh HIgh School with a salary of $109,137. Schwenker has been principal of Carnage Middle School in Raleigh since 2009.
The Wake County school board appointed three top administrators and a principal last week.
Howard "Todd" Wirt was hired to become the assistant superintendent for academics with a salary of $120,000. Wirt has been the executive director for secondary education for the Mooresville Graded School District since 2011.
Clinton Robinson will become the southwestern area superintendent with a salary of $120,000. He had been principal of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School since September.
Wake Forest-Rolesville is the top-ranked softball team in the N&O area and starts postseason play this Friday against Lee County in the 4A N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs. Undefeated South Granville hosts Providence Grove in 2A softball.
The format has changed in this year's playoffs. Now, instead of the four state semifinalists advancing to a double-elimination, four-team tournament to decide a state title, the semifinals and finals will each be a best-of-three and held on separate weeks. It's currently how the NCHSAA baseball playoffs operate.
Holly Springs, last year's 4A East champ, opens at home with Northern Durham. The 4A East runner-up, Clayton, is at Wilmington Ashley.