School board members are considering changing Banks Road Elementary, Salem Elementary and Salem Middle School to a traditional calendar in the 2018-19 school year.
They also are considering changing Alston Ridge Elementary to a traditional calendar starting in the 2019-20 school year. Under the current proposal, Alston Ridge Middle would open that year on a traditional calendar.
No other changes to multi-track calendar schools are under consideration at this time.
Board members discussed staff’s proposal at an April 4 work session.
They will discuss it again on April 18 at a board work session.
Why is this happening?
Some multi-track year-round schools are under-enrolled. District-wide, there is less overall demand from parents for year-round schools.
The board and staff are considering changes to address the imbalance in demand and make more efficient use of all of our facilities.
Banks Road Elementary, Salem Elementary and Salem Middle are significantly under-enrolled.
Banks Road currently has 418 unused seats. Salem Elementary has 191 available seats. Salem Middle has 143.
Will I be affected?
The proposed calendar changes at three of the schools would not go into effect until the 2018-19 school year, so current 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th graders would not be affected under the current proposal.
Current 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Alston Ridge Elementary would not be affected by the current proposal.
The proposed calendar changes, if approved, may affect feeder patterns. Those will be discussed during the 2018-19 enrollment proposal this fall.