Some Wakefield Elementary parents are speculating that the school will be converted back to a traditional calendar for 2010-11.
But as a discussion at the Jan. 5 committee of the whole meeting showed, Wake County school administrators are pointing to reasons why the school board may want to keep Wakefield on a year-round calendar.
During the COW meeting, Asst. Supt. Chuck Dulaney pointed to Wakefield as an example of the challenges of converting a school back to traditional. Click here for the sheet he shared with the board.
In the 2006-07 school year, Wakefield had 1,109 students with 19 trailers that took up most of the play space at the North Raleigh school. Dulaney said Wakefield was "one of our most egregious examples of an overcrowded school" before conversion.
Since conversion, Dulaney said Wakefield is now down to using 11 trailers. He said the other eight trailers have been "mothballed" and are still on campus.
Dulaney said the eight unused Wakefield trailers haven't been moved yet because of the $40,000 or $50,000 cost of moving each one. He said they won't be moved until the expense for relocation is justified.
This year, Wakefield is listed as having 831 students. Dulaney said it might appear that Wakefield is a candidate to go back to traditional. But he added that the capacity would only be 745 students with the 11 trailers now in use.
Dulaney said you could increase the traditional capacity to 929 if you also used the eight vacant trailers. But he said that would eliminate the possibility of freeing up the play space.
Dulaney told board members they'd also have to decide, if they convert Wakefield, what to do with the families who want to stay on a year-round calendar. He said there's no year-round application capacity anywhere in the northern part of the county
"Wakefield is a good example of where when you look at the data in detail some of the competing problems that confront you as a board of education start to come through," Dulaney told the board members.
Another challenge could be persuading school board member Kevin Hill to back the conversion. Wakefield is in his district.