Today marks the start of a new calendar era for several Wake County schools.
Leesville Road elementary and middle schools will open back on a traditional calendar after having operated as year-round schools. Mills Park Elementary will make the switch to the traditional calendar after opening as a year-round school in 2009.
Today's opening of Mills Park Middle School reflects the first break with the prior board's policy of opening all new middle schools and elementary schools on a year-round calendar.
(Green Hope Elementary is also reopening today on the traditional calendar as part of the decision by the old board to change it when Alston Ridge Elementary opened.)
What impact the Leesville and Mills Park changes will have in the future remains to be seen.
On the other hand, supporters of the board majority have praised the conversions back to the traditional calendar.