Are you ready for another battle over converting some Wake County year-round schools to a traditional calendar?
As noted in today's article, Superintendent Tony Tata said he's looking at whether to recommend converting some year-round schools to a traditional calendar as part of his 2011-12 budget. It stemmed from his review on how to efficiently utilize space throughout the district.
"We can’t have 140 percent enrollment in one school and 50 percent in another school," Tata said about why he was looking at spending $900,000 to help provide teachers at 19 underenrolled traditional-calendar elementary schools. "So this an effort to make all of our schools desirable."
Tata said hie need to make sure facilities are being used efficiently led him to also look at the underenrolled year-round elementary schools. School board members asked him what schools he was looking at.
Tata said that schools on his radar include Rand Road at 60 percent capacity; Lake Myra at "about 50 percent," Alston Ridge at about 50 percent, River Bend at about 60 percent and Timber Drive at 75 percent.
Only Rand Road among those schools was converted from a traditional calendar. The others opened on a year-round calendar with Timber Drive being the only one that's not a fairly new school.
Considering it's mid-March and Tata hasn't given a formal recommendation yet, it would be a challenge to convert the schools for the 2011-12 school year. The calendar and magnet application period is over so you could have some unhappy year-round families unless they're given a choice to stay on the calendar.