The issue of calendar conversions for the 2010-11 school year could be decided as soon as Tuesday.
As noted in today's article, members of the new Wake County school board majority say they plan to vote Tuesday after they get the recommendations from staff earlier in the day on which schools to convert. They're not planning to wait two more weeks until March 16 for the vote.
"If it's on the agenda, I'm ready to go," said school board member Chris Malone on the conversion of some year-round schools to a traditional calendar.
School board chairman Ron Margiotta explained that staff is telling them that the later they wait the harder it is for schools to plan for the upcoming school year. He said they'll have all the data they need to decide from the calendar survey results, the feedback from the CEM meetings and the staff recommendations.
On the flip side, the lateness of the vote is why board member Kevin Hill thinks waiting until 2011-12 for the conversions makes more sense.
It wouldn't be unprecedented for the board to make a quick decision. The board had voted Oct. 7, 2008 to reverse the conversions at Baucom and Green Hope elementary schools without having formally put it out there for public comment. Baucom had been mentioned a couple of weeks earlier on Sept. 16 during a work session but it wasn't an official proposal.
Staff will present the conversion recommendations during the committee of the whole meeting that starts at noon. You can expect a lot of discussion during the COW and probably also at the regular meeting.
You can also expect to see some speakers on the issue during the public comment section of the board meeting.
The number and identity of year-round schools that will be converted remains to be seen.
You had a majority of respondents in the calendar survey from Leesville Road Middle, Salem Middle and Wakefield Elementary who said they'd prefer the traditional calendar. You've also got parents from Leesville Road Elementary who want to be converted back.
Plus, speakers from the new Holly Grove and Mills Park middle schools have also argued they should open on the traditional calendar.