The Wake County school system is taking some more steps to address the concerns raised by Eastern Wake residents that not enough is being done to help schools in their area.
As noted in this article Wednesday in the Eastern Wake News, the school system will conduct curriculum audits at Hodge Road Elementary, Knightdale Elementary, East Wake Middle and Knightdale High School. The audits, which Wake will hire an outside company to perform, would cost between $15,000 to $20,000 per school.
These audits were proposed by Deputy Superintendent Cathy Moore at the Oct. 11 meeting of the school board's student achievement committee.
Moore told board members the review will allow a team to see how a school is educating its students and make recommendations for improvements. Moore said it allows them to get a "deeper look into their program delivery."
The idea of curriculum audits for individual schools was first pushed in 2009. Fewer audits have been done in recent years.
Moore pointed to how audits had been done in the past at schools such as Wilburn Elementary that later saw academic improvement.
Moore told committee members that she had discussed the idea with the Knightdale 100 and the group supports the idea.
"The people in the area are begging us to do something more," said board member Debra Goldman. "This would be a great way to target them."
Board member Jim Martin also said the audits are a good idea. He suggested using a Western Wake school as a baseline to compare the Eastern Wake schools against.
"There's a lot of East Wake vs. West Wake concern out there and we would be blind to ignore it," Martin said.
Moore said she'd look and see what western Wake schools have been audited. If none are found, Martin asked that they contact schools in that area to see if any would be interested in being used as the control group.