It's probably unrealistic to expect a new system of neighborhood schools to be in place as early as next school year.
As noted in today's article, new school board members say their eventual goal is to move to neighborhood/commnity-based schools. While folks on the blog probably knew that, it may come as a a surprise to those who thought change would be immediate.
"We will begin to make systemic changes," said new school board member John Tedesco. "It's not going to happen overnight."
Tedesco said the immediate goal is to change policy 6200, Wake's student assignment policy. Once this is changed, they can craft a new assignment system based on the revised policy.
Tedesco is expecting some resistance from the old board and some community groups over changing policy 6200.
While community-based schools is more of a 2011-12 proposition, Tedesco said there are some things that can be changed for the 2010-11 school year. Examples include:
* Eliminating the weekly Wednesday early dismissals.
* Revising the magnet selection criteria.
* Halting spending of money on Forest Ridge High.
* Opening any future new schools as voluntary year-round schools.
For the existing year=round schools, Tedesco said he'd like to survey the parents to see who wants to convert back to a traditional calendar. He said he'd also like to survey the traditional-calendar schools to see if parents want to convert to a year-round schedule.