How much time should East Wake High be given to see if splitting it into four small schools is working out?
As noted in today's article, some are urging giving the school at least a few more years. But school board members are considering whether to pull the plug once a grant runs out at the end of the 2009-10 school year.
East Wake High's first small school began in 2005. The next began in 2006. The last two opened in 2007.
Tony Habit, president of the New Schools Project, which is overseeing the small schools effort in North Carolina, thinks Wake should wait three years. This would give every one of the small schools at East Wake at least five years of operation.
School board member Lori Millberg, who had been the harshest critic of the low test scores and limited academic offerings, has changed her position. She's now saying they should wait a few more years to give the two small schools that began in 2007 more time.
Contrast this with the statements that Millberg had been making about the small schools at East Wake.
"What have we gained from breaking it up?” Millberg asked at a March committee meeting.
At an April committee meeting, Millberg asked her colleagues if they would be willing to send their children to a place where they can’t get as many programs as other schools.
Millberg's youngest daughter graduated from East Wake's School of Health Science as valedictorian. Her son is a sophomore at East Wake. She said her children have done well at the school.
I forgot to include this in the original post. Apparently some people at East Wake High have been telling Millberg that the grant money will run past the 2009-10 school year so that's a reason to give them more time. But Habit said last week the grant definitely expires June 30, 2010.