Did the Wake County school board make a mistake in 2010 by voting to open Mills Park Middle on a traditional calendar instead of as planned on the year-round calendar?
As noted in today's article, the answer was yes Tuesday from several Carpenter Elementary parents who blamed the decision to open Mills Park on a traditional calendar as a big reason why they're feeding into East Cary Middle in the new student assignment plan.
Without Middle Park as a year-round school, the plan gives the Carpenter families calendar continuity by sending them to East Cary. But parents said it's their seventh closest middle school located on the other side of Cary.
In the calendar survey, 63 percent of the future Mills Park Middle parents that responded said they'd prefer the traditional calendar.
Lori Potter, Carpenter's PTA president, accused the board of having made a "political move" in 2010 to "appease" Mills Park parents who complained about the year-round calendar.
"Whether you change Carpenter’s feeder pattern or not, you need to recognize a problem in West Cary – lack of sufficient middle school seats," added Carpenter parent Maria Reier. "The summer of 2010 some of you voted to change Mills Park Middle to a traditional calendar when it was planned to open as a year round. Right before it opened a group of its parents spoke out and did not want a year round calendar.
So you changed it - to give them their calendar preference - which also took away that school’s ability to hold 312 more students. That decision left West Cary with no year-round middle school and had a huge impact on our kids. They are now stuck being bused across town because there are not enough seats at our neighborhood middle schools."