The Wake County school board is facing a lengthy agenda on Tuesday, including extending school waiting lists, changing the bell schedule for Middle Creek Elementary and votes on the Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy and the career and technical education high school.
Staff is recommending extending the waiting lists for students who didn't get into their first-choice school from June 29 to July 18. Any later could result in a student withdrawing after the 10th day of classes in a year-round school and thus not being counted at the new school.
The board will also vote on moving Middle Creek Elementary from a 9:15 a.m. start time to 8:30 a.m. According to the board agenda, it's being done to treat Middle Creek Elementary, West Lake Elementary and West Lake Middle as a single campus because of their close proximity.
With West Lake Elementary moving to a 7:45 a.m. start and West Lake Middle going to 7:40 a.m., parents said Middle Creek wasn't an attractive choice option at 9:15 a.m. The 8:30 a.m. start would match Middle Creek's current schedule.
Staff says it will cost $140,000 to run two more buses to make this change.
The board will vote on making the new career and technical education high school a standalone full-day program. I'll get more into this in a later post.
The board will also vote on signing a lease deal to use part of the Governor Morehead School for the Blind to house the Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy, a.k.a. the single-gender girls' school.
On that same day, the Council of State, which consists of the nine statewide elected officers, will be voting on the lease too. Wake would pay $387,840.80 a year under the lease.
The board is also scheduled to vote on a request by the N.C. School Boards Association to join in the lawsuit between the State Board of Education and the proposed N.C. Virtual Academy. I'll try to get more into this in a later post.