Changes coming to some year-round schools?

WAKE COUNTY Superintendent Tony Tata says moving some of the 14 under-enrolled year-round schools in the system to a single track could save upwards of $50,000 per school.

The 14 schools are currently on a multi-track schedule, which staggers teaching sessions and vacation periods of each track throughout the year, so that some students are in school while others are on vacation.

If the schools convert to a single-track schedule, students would have short breaks throughout the school year.

Tata says no decision has been made for sure, but it is one of many options he's seriously considering as he continues to try and balance a shrinking budget.

"I know that there is a likelihood that there may be more budget cuts beyond 5 percent and I want to have an array of options to choose from to absorb that budget cut and principals and the parents many parents have asked me to look at this issue," he said.

Tata says the savings would come mostly from staffing costs.

The school board could vote on the issue in May.

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