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Support for calendar conversions

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Just how much support exists among parents at individual schools for a calendar conversion for next year?

As noted in today's article, school board chairman Ron Margiotta doesn't think there will be widespread support at individual schools for conversion. He thinks there would have been more support for change, especially at the converted schools, if the survey had been done last year.

"I don't think it will be as drastic as it would have been before," Margiotta said. "Parents have settled in."

Even if there isn't widespread calls for change, Margiotta said it's important to give parents a voice in the matter.

Margiotta said he wouldn't be surprised if parents at some of the newer year-round schools supported going to a traditional calendar. Since 2006, new elementary and middle schools have opened on a year-round calendar.

If there is widespread support for change, school board member John Tedesco said they might need to phase in the conversions over time and not all at once for 2010-11.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.
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