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Wake School Board gears up for round 2

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Both sides of the fight over the future of Wake County Schools are gearing-up for a big rally outside Tuesday's school board meeting.

The new school board is proposing the end of mandatory year-round schools.

The new majority plans to vote to stop forcing families into year-round schools, making it an option instead.

"I think most parents in the county would choose to end mandatory, not year-round, but the mandatory assignments to year round," School Board Chair Ron Margiotta said. "Just the word itself tends to turn people."

On Tuesday, the school board will come up with questions, send the survey out to parents of all 140,000 students and make decisions based on their feedback.

A lot will depend on what parents have to say.

"I just don't like that it's mandatory and I don't like that it's crowded here," Mills Park Elementary parent Kathy Finley said.

If Mills Park Elementary parents want their school to stay on a year-round calendar and they want the middle school calendar it'll probably end up that way, but if the majority of parents favor traditional calendars at both schools that could happen instead.

"I think we want consistency and predictability," Finley said.

"As long as Wake County continues to grow as it's growing, I think we're going to have to consider all options," Wake School Board Keith Sutton said.

Tuesday's rally will start around 2:30 p.m. on the sidewalk outside the Wake County school system headquarters.

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