The year-round/unconversion issue came up during Tuesday's presentation of the multi-year assignment plan.
As noted in today's article, school board member Ron Margiotta asked Chuck Dulaney, assistant superintendent for growth and planning, if he'd include reversing some of the conversions in the plan.
Dulaney said it's a question that he hears often. He said he can't go against the planning assumptions adopted by the school board and the county commissioners for year-round schools.
"I don't see it as the staff's position to recommend to you how to set up the next building program," Dulaney said.
Dulaney added that Wake is now at 95 percent of elementary capacity, which he said is an ideal figure.
But with the elementary growth having slowed to the point where two new schools were delayed, Margiotta questioned how staff couldn't present any year-round changes.
Rosa Gill, chairwoman of the school board, stepped in to say that's a board decision and not a staff one. She said they'll consider what changes to make with the year-round program as they develop the assumptions for the next bond issue.
Options could include increasing the current percentage of year-round schools, maintaining the current percentage or reducing the percentage back to the pre-conversion figure.
School board member Beverley Clark chimed in that there were some instances where she could see conversions being reversed or new schools opening on a traditional calendar.
"I don't think we should unconvert 22 schools," Clark said. "We should look at the distribution and capacity of those schools."