Decision soon on year-round school in Wake Co.

December 12, 2009 4:17:28 PM PST
We could know more by Tuesday about plans to open new mandatory year-round schools in Wake County. The new majority on the Wake County School Board ran in opposition to mandatory year-round school assignments. Now they are ready to vote on a resolution.

"That we do not have mandatory assignments to year-round schools," said Ron Margiotta, the Wake School Board chair. "And I think that's important to be said. The school board might reject that request."

That would please supporters of the year-round concept, like Calla Wright. She's with the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children.

[I'm] optimistic that the school board members are concerned about the children in their districts, but they're also concerned about all children," Wright said.

Supporters of the year-round calendar say it helps disadvantaged students perform better. They worry about the effects of halting new year-round assignments.

"I don't think anyone would, I certainly am not opposed to having year-round schools," Ron Margiotta said. "My objection, I think the objection of most people who I work with, is the mandatory aspect of year-round schools. The concern is for choice."

Representatives from both sides of the issue are expected at the Board's meeting on Tuesday. They may fill every available seat.

"I welcome crowds at our meetings," Margiotta said. "Because for so many years, we haven't seen people at school board meetings. I think parents and citizens alike should attend school board meetings."

"We're hoping everybody who has a child, or interest in the school system and the educational needs of the children, will attend the meeting," said Wright.

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