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Wake County school board on teacher tenure and other issues

Here’s a recap of what’s taken place so far at today’s Wake County school board meeting.

The most heated discussion took place about how Wake would have to implement the new state law eliminating teacher tenure. Like other districts, Wake would have until June 2014 to offer 25 percent of the teachers a four-year contract that comes with $4,000 in raises over the next four years.

The contracts can only be offered to teachers who have tenure, called career status in North Carolina. If they accept, they’d voluntarily give up their career status.

Wake County school board dealing with bond aftermath and other issues today

Expect a lot of thanks to be given to the public during today's Wake County school board meeting as the school district takes various actions to follow up on last week's approval of the $810 million school construction bond issue.

During the work session, the board will get a staff update on the real estate acquisition process and market conditions. At the regular meeting, the board is scheduled to vote on buying land for an elementary school in the northwest Cary/Morrisvlle area (E-33) and an elementary school in the northwest Cary/Brier Creek area (E-38).

Also during the work session, staff will brief the board on the schematic designs for Scotts Ridge Elementary School in Apex and Abbotts Creek Elementary School in North Raleigh, both projects that depended on the bond passing last week. During the regular meeting, the board will vote on agreements that will result in Abbotts Creek being part of a site that includes a school, a community center, a park and an EMS facility.

Wake County Commissioners approve construction contract for CTE high school

The new Wake County career technical education high school looks to be on track to open in fall 2014.

This afternoon, the Wake County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved paying up to $12.2 million to Clancy & Theys Construction to renovate the former Coca-Cola plant on South Wilmington Street in Raleigh.

The school would accept 700 students from the Wake County school system in grades 10, 11 and 12. At night, 1,000 adults would use the facility.

Wake County Commisioners holding hearing on issuing $51.2 million in school construction bonds

The new Wake County career technical education high school is poised to get a jump start today from the county commissioners.

The commissioners will hold a public hearing today on issuing $51.2 million in school bonds, with $19 million going toward construction of the CTE high school. The other $32 million would go toward projects to jump start the next school construction program.

The county plans to use "two-thirds bonds," meaning it can reissue up to two-thirds of the amount of bond debt it retired the previous year. This is generally used for smaller amounts and does not require a public vote in a bond referendum.

UPDATE

Commissioners approved issuing the bonds today.

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Wake County commissioners to weigh whether to fund the CTE high school

How high a priority should there be getting the new Wake County career and technical education high school online for the 2014-15 school year?

As noted in today's article, the school board passed this resolution on Tuesday asking the county commissioners to acquire, renovate and outfit a former Coca-Cola bottling plant in South Raleigh for use as the new CTE school.

If the commissioners opt to help with the funding then it could still open in August 2014. If not, the opening would come after 2014 or not at all.

Wake County school board calling on commissioners to acquire site for career and technical high school

The Wake County school board is now putting the fate of a proposed career and technical education high school in the hands of the county commissioner.

After meeting in closed session tonight, the school board amended the agenda to pass a resolution calling on the commissioners to acquire, renovate and outfit the former Coca-Cola Bottling site on 2200 South Wilmington St. in Raleigh to make it a CTE high school.

The resolution says the school board wants the new school ready in August 2014. It would add 700 seats for high school students and 1,000 seats for Wake Technical Community College, which would be the school district's partner for the school.

The opening of the school has stalled over how to come up with the money for the project. At one point the idea was to lease the property.

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Wake County school board committee discussing projects in next school construction bond issue

The initial list of Wake County school construction needs is out for consideration in the next school capital improvement program and bond issue.

As noted in today's article, staff will lay out at today's school board facilities committee meeting that 24 new schools are needed over the next four years. That includes 14 new elementary schools, three middle schools, five regular high schools, the CTE high school and an alternative school.

They've also listed 12 whole campus renovations that will essentially mean rebuilding those schools, 16 partial campus school renovations, various life-cycle projects and assorted support and athletic facilities.

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Wake County school board votes yes on GPS for buses, extending waitlists and full-day standalone CTE high school

Here's a running update on some of the votes from tonight's Wake County school board meeting.

The board voted 7-2 to pay $1.7 million over the next five years to install  GPS units on all the school buses. Only board members Susan Evans and Christine Kushner voted no.

The board unanimously approved extending the waiting lists for the school choice student assignment plan from June 29 to July 18. The board also unanimously voted to make the new career technical and education high school a full-day standalone model.

Over the objections of some board members, the board will go into closed session first to discuss whether to join the litigation against the N.C. Virtual Academy. Board member Debra Goldman was the most vocal critic, arguing they should have the discussion in open session to be transparent.

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Wake County school board to vote on making CTE high school a standalone program

It looks like the Wake County school board's hand is being forced in terms of what model to use for the new career technical education high school.

The school board will vote Tuesday on making the new CTE high school a standalone full-day program. The alternative would be a half-day program in which Wake would have one group of students in the morning and another in the afternoon.

For the deal to go through, the county has to sign off on it. At the last meeting of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, County Manager David Cooke made it known to commissioners which option county staff prefers.

SEE UPDATE AT END OF POST

Wake County school board to vote on extending school waiting lists to July 18

The Wake County school board is facing a lengthy agenda on Tuesday, including extending school waiting lists, changing the bell schedule for Middle Creek Elementary and votes on the Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy and the career and technical education high school.

Staff is recommending extending the waiting lists for students who didn't get into their first-choice school from June 29 to July 18. Any later could result in a student withdrawing after the 10th day of classes in a year-round school and thus not being counted at the new school.

The board will also vote on moving Middle Creek Elementary from a 9:15 a.m. start time to 8:30 a.m. According to the board agenda, it's being done to treat Middle Creek Elementary, West Lake Elementary and West Lake Middle as  a single campus because of their close proximity.

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