Hello! Here is today’s BOE update.
Vote will stand
After reviewing last week’s vote striking down the proposed assignment zone plan, BOE attorney Ann Majestic has determined that a second reading and vote by the BOE is not needed, because the directive did not change policy. Read more on the WakeEd blog.
Teachers not happy with BOE
A telephone survey conducted by the North Carolina Association of Educators in September found that "72 percent of teachers surveyed said they felt public schools in Wake County are on the wrong track and 81 percent had a negative or very negative general impression of the school board." NCAE president Tama Bouncer will be discussing this information and more at the Great Schools in Wake forum on Saturday. In the meantime, watch/read more on WTVD.
Heidrick & Struggles, the search firm hired by the BOE to find a replacement for Superintendent Del Burns, will present a list of candidates to the Superintendent Search committee today.
Independent endorses County Commissioner candidates
The Independent cites public schools as "the paramount issue" in the race for four seats on the Wake County Board of Commissioners. However, since all the Republican candidates for these positions "refuse to address this critical issue," the publication has announced its endorsements accordingly. Btw, early voting starts today in Wake County.
Data negates Prickett’s ‘wish list’
Below are some of the data distributed to the Student Assignment Committee on Tuesday. A Great Schools in Wake colleague provides observations about how this information disputes BOE member Deborah Prickett’s claims that her district (District 7) does not have equitable access to AP classes. The logistics of making Hilburn a 6th grade center are also questioned. Note: "FRL" = "free and reduced-priced lunch."
#AP Classes at High Schools:
15 – Broughton, Cary, Enloe (magnet), Wakefield
14 – Millbrook (new magnet 10-11)
13 – Athens Dr, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale*, Leesville
12 – Apex, Green Hope, Panther Creek
11 – Garner (magnet), Sanderson, Wake Forest-Rolesville
10 – Southeast Raleigh (magnet)
9 – Middle Creek, East Wake-awaiting confirmation on #
8 – Holly Springs
1 – Heritage – new
0 – Longview Alternative High, Wake Early College of Health and Sciences (application based)
*Some AP classes at Knightdale High are offered via electronic video link to students; partnership with Green Hope High – teacher located at Green Hope High)
Leesville – 13 AP classes – 09-10 FRL 18.4% – projected 10-11: 20.6%
Green Hope – 12 AP classes – 09-10 FRL 6.0% – projected 10-11: 7.7%
Ms. Prickett’s list indicates that she has a different definition of "Equity" and what she considers "Inequitable." Equity vs Equal definition needs to put in black and white and distributed.
Should Hilburn be a 6th grade center? Where will the 481 students currently at Hilburn be reassigned? of which the majority (at least 225) are poor children (do not have exact %FRL yet)…
This possible reassignment of 481 Hilburn students and the need for a possible 6th grade center (reassignment of 450 – 6th graders at LRMS) (TOTAL of 931 students-K-6) is due to the conversion of Leesville Middle from a year-round calendar school to a traditional calendar school after a survey indicated parents and staff were happy with year-round calendar……..because of a political payback….
09-10 Leesville Middle – year-round calendar capacity – 1439; 09-10 total students = 1289 (room for growth)
10-11 Leesville Middle – traditional calendar capacity – 1153; 10-11 20th day students = 1344 (+191 overcapacity by 20th day) – projected to grow for the entire school year 10-11 was 1279
09-10 Leesville Elem – year-round calendar capacity – 1115; 09-10 total students = 1076 (room for growth)
10-11 Leesville Elem – traditional calendar capacity – 837; 10-11 20th day students = 904 (+23 overcapacity by 20th day) – projected to grow for the entire school year 10-11 was 881
09-10 FRL 44.7% = 225 economically disadvantaged children; total students = 519; 10-11 projected students – 461, 10-11 20th day # students (actual) – 481, projected FRL 48.0% = 221 students, school capacity – 690 seats
If reassign students to Stough, York, will increase FRL-already at 44.9%; Leesville already overcapacity…Jeffrey’s Grove next over
Which should be a magnet? How about if the experienced WCPSS STAFF make that decision and NOT a pay back for political contributions.
Stough – 09-10 FRL 44.9% = 240 economically disadvantaged children; total students = 535; 10-11 projected students – 510, 10-11 20th day # students (actual) – 576, projected FRL 44.0% = 225 students, school capacity – 623 seats
York – 09-10 FRL 44.9% = 171 economically disadvantaged students, total students 372; 10-11 projected total students – 417, 10-11 20th day # students (actual) – 432, projected FRL 45.6%=190 students, school capacity – 566
Which one is closer to the beltline- easily accessible for transportation county-wide for a magnet? Which one has more economically disadvantaged students? Which can handle the program better?
Stough is getting special programs? Would Stough admin and parents rather have a magnet over a "program" offer?
Think rim schools and staff experts need to be making these decisions.
District 7 – 09-10 FRL
* Brier Creek Elementary (year-round) – 25.1%
* Carpenter Elementary – 21.2%
* Cedar Fork Elementary (year-round)- 11.9%
* Green Hope Elementary – 12.4%
* Green Hope High – 6.0%
* Hilburn Elementary – 44.7%
* Jeffreys Grove Elementary – 33.3%
* Lead Mine Elementary – 40.6%
* Leesville Road Elementary – 20.7%
* Leesville Road High – 18.4%
* Leesville Road Middle – 27.9%
* Morrisville Elementary – 17.1%
* Stough Elementary – 44.9%
* Sycamore Creek Elementary (year-round) – 12.7%
* York Elementary – 44.9%
2010-11 FRL data has not been released yet.
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