We're reaching what could be a case of put up or shut up about year-round schools.
As noted in today's article, voters can choose between a slate of school board candidates who support or oppose the current practice of assigning students to year-round schools. A sweep by critics could lead to more reversed conversions and even a return to having mostly voluntary applications into year-round schools.
But for those who claim that parents and voters accept year-round schools as they are, the election results could prove their case as well.
It will be especially telling in District 7, where the rhetoric over year-round schools has been especially heated. A win for Deborah Prickett would help show that groups such as Concerned and Commtted Leesville Parents are right about opposition to year-round assignment being the will of the majority.
"Mandatory year-round schools are an issue for District 7,” said Prickett, a former guidance counselor at Leesville Middle. “The greatest majority of parents in this area didn’t want Leesville Elementary and Leesville Middle to go year-round.”
Simon says that the conversions have helped put Wake in a good position when growth resumes at its old pace.
“I just hope that parents can understand the need for year-round,” Simon said. “While growth has slowed down due to the economy, we don’t just want to make decisions for the time being.”