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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. 

The board is considering converting Banks Road to a traditional calendar starting in the 2018-19 school year.

Please leave your feedback about the proposal below.

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Rachel Smith 7 months ago

Very opppsed to this change. I currently live near hwy 42 and my kids attend banks rd as transfer students bc our base school options are too far away in garner! Banks is right by my house and the closest multitrack year round option. If you turn it to traditional then my year round option is timber dr which is to far away. This area of town really needs attention and reassigned to closer schools and the option of a traditional and year round that make geographical sense! If you change banks to traditional enrollment will drop even further bc you will lose the transfers like mine who picked it as their closest multitrack year round option

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Laura Phillips 7 months ago

I also hope we keep the current year round schedule. I agree that with all the new neighborhoods being built around here, Banks Rd. Elementary will fill in. We live off Fanny Brown Rd and homes are going up like crazy! I believe the year round calendar has been very beneficial to my kids and what they have needed to thrive. I'm sure other parents feel the same.

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Brittany Clifton 7 months ago

I am also a parent who is completely opposed to this change. My children thrive well in a multi track school and we do love Banks Road. If Banks Road were to change to a traditional school you would have many families who would be leaving to find a multi track school my family included. You have many families who need to have a multi track calendar school for their schedule.There are many housing subdivisions going up so filling up the school will not be an issue and you will be removing the closest year around school for many families. Going forward with this change wouldn't be a positive but a big negative.

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LaToya Giles 7 months ago

I hope that we can keep the year round schedule because it is very beneficial to my son who really likes the school. If the school went to traditional I think I would transfer him to another year round school. And like others have said they are building like crazy over in the area and I think that the school would have enough children to fill it up soon with the housing and apartments being built.

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Stacie Myers 7 months ago

I would not like to see Banks Road switch to a traditional school. The year round learning is so beneficial for students. The break every 9 weeks for students, staff, and families is something we look forward to. I hope Banks Road is not changed to a traditional school.

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Elissa Hays 7 months ago

I am a parent to a first grader and second grader, and I am opposed to changing to a traditional. We are new to the school, and year round calendars, but I have already noticed a huge change in my kids. They don't seem to get as burned out on this schedule since their breaks are more frequent than traditional calendar options. I can't speak to the growth of the area as we haven't lived here that long.

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Angela Sovany 7 months ago

I would not like to see Banks Road change to a traditional calendar.

Parents spend a lot of time and effort choosing the calendar that is right for their families. Our family decided to choose to stay at our base school, Banks Road, over applying to magnet schools because there were no year-round options. Since Vance Elementary is being proposed to change to traditional as well, that would leave us with no convenient options for year-round except for Willow Springs, which is already over-capacity.

We have a lot of neighborhoods planned in our area, especially the big one being built at Ten Ten Road and 401. These neighborhoods would probably increase our enrollment dramatically.

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Jackie Wenzel 7 months ago

I am in full support of changing Banks Road Elem to a traditional calendar. The year round schedule worked well while my kids were younger, but with a child going to high school the year round schedule is very inconvenient. Once parents have a high school student, our only choice is to either change the younger children to track 4 for a few weeks of a similar schedule. To expect parents/students to have to deal with different school schedules makes it difficult to plan family vacations and creates many hardships. I am interested to hear about the feeder pattern proposed for middle school, as currently traditional middle school options in our area are slim.

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Andy Gussie 6 months ago

I concur

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Caryn Welch 7 months ago

I support the change to traditional calendar. My kindergartner and first grader were placed on track two, despite the fact that this was our third choice, and because Banks Road is such a small school I have been told that our chances to change to track one or four are very slim. Since we have no true summer track out it makes it very difficult to have vacations with our extended family, all of whom are on traditional calendar. There is also only one class on track two for both of my children's grades, this means that who they are in class with is going to more than likely be the exact same children for their entire elementary school time, for better or worse. I would like my children to have the ability to have different people in their classes, meet new friends. There is also a sense of community that I feel gets lost in the year-round schedule when there is never an opportunity for all of the children to be there at the same time. Ideally, I would love for Banks Road to switch to a single track or even a modified traditional schedule, but I definitely prefer traditional calendar over track two.

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Erin Parsons 7 months ago

Another BRES parent here and I am STRONGLY opposed to this passing. Glad to see I'm not alone but upset this is even being considered. If I wanted my kids to go to traditional school I would have registered there. Hoping this gets tossed in the trash and they listen to the parents and figure out different options.

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Leah martin 7 months ago

Again I am opposed and just wanted to bring up another point. I think that we have this really great opportunity with year round school to have the kids get the most out of their education. Everyone that I have talked to who is used to a traditional calendar thinks that this is a great way for the kids to retain more knowledge. My son in particular just came to BRES from another school and then we would have to move him again. These children need stability. He was devastated when I mentioned both options, moving schools or traditional calendar. I believe this would be very unfair to the current students to disrupt their lives. There is also a new elementary being built a few miles away that is suppose to be year round. Instead of disrupting children's lives why not make it a traditional calendar.

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Dayna Trimpey 7 months ago

I am opposed to changing Banks Road to a traditional calendar school. I think year round schools are great for children, especially younger ones. The traditional school year is very long, with few significant breaks, and my kids would have burned out without the longer breaks throughout the year that year round school affords. This area is growing, and over time, enrollment at Banks Road will increase.

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Holly Moore 7 months ago

With my own child starting middle school I am torn between being for or against this change. Families want both options and as long as both are available parents should be given the choice. With Willow Springs being capped this year and the possibility of Vance switching to traditional. Would those 2 help w enrollment for Banks and give parents a closer year round option? As well as most of the feeder middle schools for Banks are year round. At some point most families are faced w different calanders and it's so unfair.

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Robin Livingston 7 months ago

I would support the change, though I don't really have a strong feeling either way. We loved year round when all our children were small, but I will have 2 in high school next year, so the schedule for our youngest, who will be in elementary for 2 more years, will be the outlier. It is more difficult to have children on different schedules for a variety of reasons, especially once the older ones are in high school.

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Tory Hendrix 7 months ago

I am 100% opposed to changing banks road to a traditional calendar. Choosing a school/track/calendar that meets our families needs was stressful enough and now we are settled into banks BECAUSE it is a year round calendar!! If it changes to a traditional calendar we (and many other families) will have to go through the struggle to get changed to a different school with a year round calendar option. I'm sure many people are at banks because it is year round. My daughter loves year round school and so do I. It fits her learning style best. To change it would disrupt not only her schedule, but this drastic schedule change would disrupt working parents too!! We have set up our schedule to fit school and this is too big of a change!

With all the growth and new subdivisions in the area it just makes sense that enrollment will go up. If it gets changed to traditional now, in a few years the discussion will be to change it back to year round. Since it's already set up and running as a year round school, why on earth change it and likely have to change it back?! Is there really that much short-term gain to change it and is that the best choice in the long run?

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mike rawls 7 months ago

I think we need more information before I can make an opinion. If Banks goes traditional, then would the natural middle school assignment be Fuquay Middle or Holly Ridge, both of which are already over crowded? That makes zero sense. Besides the bigger issue being that our area needs another middle school built (probably a traditional one since we have holly grove, and west lake available already, I'd just like to know what wcpss thinks will happen to the middle school siblings of these banks rd children. If my child will be in 3rd grade when banks switches to traditional but my older child is in 7th at west lake, then id had to move that middle school child or move the younger sibling....if i chose to move the older child, there is not a traditional option for me that isn't full. I would say that the easiest thing to do is to reassign some homes in the hwy 42/old stage/rock service area that for some reason are not assigned to banks and move them to banks, that would increase enrollment. Even go as far as to cross over hwy 42 and pull some of the willow springs children that are right on the edge of the map anyway. if they chose to grandfather the older children fine but at least the younger students would begin to fill up banks road. this really should have been planned better and when banks road was built years ago they should have used that land to build a traditional middle school in this part of town instead. there are far too many elementary schools in this area that are under enrolled, and yet more are being built instead of seeing the need for middle schools.

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Kevin Wilson 7 months ago

I am opposed to changing Banks Road Elementary to a traditional schedule. I agree that with all the area's growth BRES will not maintain vacant seats very long. The benefits for student learning in a Year-round school are well-documented. For my children a great education takes priority over the convenience of scheduling family vacations or which Track we would prefer to have. I am extremely grateful that my children have the opportunity for a year-round learning schedule.

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lauren mclamb 7 months ago

I have two children at Banks Road and while it is not my base school we transferred our children there for the multitrack schedule. Our base school is a track 4 only school and track 1 works best for our work schedules and childcare. I personally know of MANY families who are at Banks rd as transfers. If you change the calendar to traditional you risk losing a lot of those students thus making the school even more under enrolled. The logical answer is to do a reassignment of this area (this area has been left out of school reassignments in the past-we have been very fortunate compared to cary/apex students who are reassigned all the time) but the numbers show that it is time to take another look at the maps in this part of the county. Willow Springs and Fuquay are so over crowded, you really need to pull from those areas to fill Banks Road which is a very large capacity school. I am interested to know what the middle school would be for the students who have Banks as a base, currently it is West Lake/Holly Grove as the calendars align but by changing Banks to traditional, you cannot send those students to Fuquay Middle School as it is already very crowded. So what is the traditional option that will be proposed? Like I mentioned, my children attend Banks as transfers, so I cannot complain about calendar alignment as my base schools do aligns for elem and middle, I chose for them to attend a year round but I feel bad for those who have Banks as their base assignment, what is the plan for those families with children in both elem and middle school grades?

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Kristen Goodman 7 months ago

I fully support the change to a traditional calendar. I have a child in high school, middle school and elementary school and this past school year has been very difficult on my family because we are on different school calendars. Because traditional schools are capped or close to capacity, it is difficult to be granted a traditional calendar school if it is not your base. I feel that more traditional schools are needed not only for economic reasons, but to give more parents the choice of the traditional calendar option.

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Shannon McGarry 7 months ago

I am opposed to changing Banks Road to a traditional calendar. As a mother to two elementary aged children and as an educator, the benefits for students and teachers are well documented. With the homes being built in the area, as well as neighboring year round schools (Willow Springs) being capped, it seems as though there is a need for another local year round option. If not a year round calendar, perhaps a modified calendar might work for our families and staff, especially those with middle/high schooled aged children.

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Krista Puryear 7 months ago

I am very concerned by this possible change. I truly feel the year round calendar is a wonderful option for my child's learning style. He is able to mostly retain what he has learned. He would really struggle if he had so much time out of school at one time. Also my child receives services. We are incredibly thankful for them, and they have helped him in so many ways. I feel there would be a lot of regression in many areas over the summer months. I understand my reasons are very personal ones, however I am sure I am not the only one that has a child that benefits from the year round schedule.

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Carmina Hanson 7 months ago

I am opposed to the possible calendar change. I strongly believe that the year round calendar has benefited my kids. We have been able to retained information and to maintained a love for school and education. Just about the time they get tired and burned out, they get a break. Banks is a great school with great staff and is well organized. I believe teachers also benefit from a year round calendar. I thank you in advance for taking our comments into consideration. CCH

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Mark Collins 7 months ago

I am opposed to the change. My children have really benefited from a track system. I feel they have retained material better and love school more because of this. They hate being out for even the short time they are out for track out. The schedule fits well with our family's schedule too because our older child is in a track system in Holly Grove. Changing this will seriously cause problems for our family and many others.

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Jennifer Wilkins 7 months ago

I am opposed to Banks being converted to a traditional calendar. My child does better in a year round format. If these changes occur she will go to one year of traditional school and then go back to a year around middle. BRES feeds into to 2 year around middles. It doesn't make sense to convert to traditional and then switch the kids back to year round.

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Dana Hanson 7 months ago

I do not support changing BRE to a traditional calender school.

I am confused why we as tax payers voted on a referendum to build more schools in Wake County...to expand capacity.

Now there is a situation where the board is changing schedules in order to maximize utilization of schools that are not at capacity.

As a tax payer in Wake Co, I have always backed issues that support education...this current policy chance will make me think twice when future referendums come up for vote.

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Emily Howard 7 months ago

I do not support this change! In reviewing the presentation given to the Board to propose Banks switching, it shows that both Willow Springs (-328) and West Lake Elementary (-210) are in great seat deficit positions. It is clear that the demand/desire for year-round elementary school is present in this area, and redistricting would solve the issue of all 3 schools! By making BRES a traditional school, you remove the possibility of year-round schools for any of those not already grandfathered into WLES or WSES in this area. To points already mentioned, there is great benefit for the year-round program, and since the demand is present, the change will only force parents to find alternative school outside of our area.

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Erin Parsons 7 months ago

I wanted to add to my previous statement....I am ADAMANTLY opposed to this change. Everytkme I turn around there is a new neighborhood being built....why are we not re-districting some of these for Banks Road? Also piggybacking off of what another parent on here said, but with the enormous amount of growth Wake county is facing it makes ZERO sense to convert this school to traditional when we can accommodate more students as year round. There are so many students who enrolled in this school solely because it was year round so you will lose many students if it is switched. Parents need to be educated about the benefits of year round school. We have so many people moving here that are turned off of year round school because they know NOTHING about it when in fact, I know plenty of people who tried it, myself included, and were blown away by how amazing year round is. It's easier on the children and easier on working parents. I would much rather find childcare for 3 weeks as opposed to an entire summer. Children get burnt out on a traditional schedule with very few breaks. Anyway, I've gone off on a tangent, I'm just hoping and praying this doesn't go through...this has caused an enormous amount of stress to myself and so many others in our community.

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SUSAN WALL 7 months ago

I am strongly OPPOSED to this change to traditional!! BRES has been a multi-track year round from the beginning and I am unsure why some parents are in support of this traditional change when most of the students at this school are there for this year round option. There is an over abundance of track 4 only options and traditional schools in this area, but no other option for multi-track schools close by. I think if the school is switched than more students will leave to find other multi-track options, which will in turn decrease enrollment from this point. My student has thrived at this school with the breaks in year round, and having much older children that were in another multi-track school many years ago, I have seen the benefits with this calendar option (track 1). Students do benefit tremendously academically with this. I do not like the suggestion of changing BRES to a modified calendar either, as with previous comments, there is an overabundance of these track 4 only schools. I am sure with all the growth in this area, that Banks will fill to capacity. My question is... where will all the students go that want this multi- track option? It seems that students will leave to find this option somewhere else, ( us included) , which will decrease enrollment even greater. Banks Rd is 5 minutes from home and I have changed my work schedule to be with my child during the terrific track out times. We will have to leave the school if it changes to traditional, which has caused a great amount of stress for our family! Please do not change our Banks Rd!!

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Leslie Collins 7 months ago

We do not want to change to a traditional calendar. We have one child who is starting Holly Grove Middle which is year round. Having one child on year round and one traditional will be logistically difficult. That aside, I strongly feel that my child thrives more on the year round schedule with the periodic breaks as well as not losing anything during a long summer break. Another consideration is financial. It is nice being able to spread the off school child care throughout the year rather than all at once during a long summer break.

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Curtis Ayers 6 months ago

I have read the report that has been provided and my conclusion is that you already have a capacity issue with willow springs elementary and west lake elementary. Ironically the two schools are over capacity by 461 students and Banks road has 470 open seats. I know it is not this simple but if you balance the seats in this are you will have three schools with nearly 100% capacity of a full 4 track year round school. You can't do any better than that with my tax dollars.

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Kamela Frantz 6 months ago

We would like to have Banks Road remain a year round school. My children, like many others, benefit from the continuation of learning to promote excellent carryover year to year. This area is growing and with all the suggested calendar changes affecting schools around us, I think we need to give Banks Road the opportunity to grow. Our feeder middle school is year round and it would make the most sense to keep this consistent. Not all families can afford to enroll their children in academic summer camps to promote further learning over an almost 3 month long break, therefore a year round school allows all families to have equal opportunities to continuous learning. Please consider keeping this school year round. Banks Road is an excellent school and lets allow it to grow!

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Matt Dees admin 6 months ago

Parents, Thank you for sharing your feedback. We'd like to direct your attention to this FAQ posting to address some of the issues raised on the forum. https://wcpss.granicusideas.com/discussions/proposed-multi-track-calendar-conversions/topics/answers-to-faq

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Harry Douglas 6 months ago

The entire premise of the "traditional" calendar was based on a time when our society was agrarian in nature and families needed children home during summer months to work the farm. The debate that you should be having in 2017 is how to change EVERY school TO year round, not the other way around. To my knowledge, every advanced industrial country (that consistently scores higher than USA in child test scores), educates year round. The summer learning gap is real, and only sets our kids back in an increasingly competitive, globalized society. Year round education is at least a move to keep up with the global competition. This outdated idea you are proposing indicates to me that you have no desire to improve our educational system. You claim that the reason to change to "traditional" calendar is lack of student population. In actuality, maybe classroom size is currently at a level that fosters greater learning potential, and all schools should be at that level. I strongly oppose this change, and would encourage the board to re-examine its goals & motives. Please enter the 21st century.

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Denise Mercadante 6 months ago

I adamantly oppose the traditional calendar as well. The year-round calendar has proven benefits as many other commenters have eloquently indicated. Please keep BRES year round!

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Kerry McGathen 6 months ago

I am absolutely FOR this change. I have 3 other children that go to traditional calendar school and it makes it extremely difficult for my family having 1 child going to year round and 3 older in High School. Also everyone of the children in my new neighborhood are all on different tracks, it would be nice to have them all together.. easier my parents, kids and daycare options. I'm very hopeful that this change is made.

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Candice Maher 6 months ago

This change needs to happen. The school system is constantly in flux with base and calendar changes which are hurting children socially. The statistics indicate that there is no significant difference in school performance in year round versus traditional calendar settings and if the primary reason for the change is under enrollment and cost savings by not operating the school on a year round basis then there should be no further discussion. I appreciate that people like year round schedules but it doesn't work well with siblings in middle and highschool. If Banks does not convert we will be leaving for the traditional calendar option.

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Michele Landhartman 6 months ago

Altho I do prefer year round calendar. I have older children on a different calendar and Banks going to traditional would allow us all to have the same schedule. I wish we could all have year round thru high school for sure but it doesn't look like that will ever happen and if you have multiple children year round becomes a challenge.

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Nathan Holt 6 months ago

I am strongly opposed to this change. The year round schedule works wonderfully for my family and I am very concerned that we would not be able to find placement in the other nearby year round schools that are already at capacity. I also have some serious questions about the reasoning behind this proposed change. The chart provided in the FAQ on the future utilization of Banks Rd makes no sense to me. First, the chart itself is difficult to decipher. Second, it seems to be massively underestimating growth for this area. I keep hearing from WCPSS and other sources that surrounding schools are near or at capacity while BRES is underutilized. If that is the case, the problem is with the maps used to fill the schools, not the schedule. I also am reading a lot of comments from people in support of this move because of older children. I completely understand this, but I think that argument should go a different way. Looking at the number of elementary schools in the county compared to the number of middle and high schools, we should be making lists of traditional schools to convert to year round, not the other way.

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Sarah Swain 6 months ago

While I understand the pros and cons, my son, who is finishing his kindergarten year, seemed to need the breaks track out has offered him. He's our oldest so we aren't having to juggle two kids in different schools. Seeing the growth in our area as well as the under-performing schools in the area, I would encourage the school board to open Banks up to more families wanting to attend a better school. I'm opposed to changing to a traditional calendar.

Parents- You may also be interested in House Bill 13 which will put mandates on class sizes for K-3. While smaller class sizes would certainly be ideal, I'm asking my representative where the funding will come from for additional teachers while ensuring our children continue to have access to their specials such as music and art while also keeping teaching assistants in the classrooms.

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Julie Sartorius 6 months ago

My husband and I are also completely opposed to this change. Our daughter is thriving in a year round environment and it also works best for the schedule of two working parents. One of the reasons we chose to move to NC, specifically, Wake County, was due to the option of year round school. Like many families, we will need to transfer to another school if BRES is changed to traditional.

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Christopher Sartorius 6 months ago

It appears that the WC School Board's logic for changing a year-round calendar elementary school to a traditional calendar school is severely flawed, and self-serving. They claim that the reason for the change is primarily because the year-round schools are under-utilized. However, contrast the enrollment situation at Fuquay Varina Elementary school with Banks Road. Fuquay Varina is a traditional school that is capped with overcrowding issues (trailer classrooms). The school has an enrollment of 797 while Banks Rd has an enrollment of 699 with the capacity for another 450+ students in a growing area of the county. The real problem is with FVES, not BRES.and of course with Wake County's desire to grow their bureaucracy, budget, and building more schools to further that goal.

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Holly Moore 6 months ago

Is there a reason why Banks couldn't stay year round and become the multi track options for Vance and Rand Road? Maybe some other way to adjust the map for Banks. North Garner will go traditional and West Lake will become the year round option Banks is already a feeder into Westlake. It would work to keep us Raleigh folks from having to drive into Garner for a year round option and would be close to the year round middle. What other year round elementary has seats? Looking at Willow Springs and West Lakes numbers they are all ready over capacity, so would they allow applicants? In addition can't we make Banks Road a more appealing?? If the school down the street has more clubs and specials which would you choose? We need to bring back technology especially for grades 3-5.

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Christopher Sartorius 6 months ago

The following quote is from a News and Observer article about multi-track schools (year-round calendar schools). "School officials say the supply of multi-track seats exceeds the demand. Staff’s goal is to get multi-track schools to 110 percent of their capacity, but they are only at 100 percent in elementary schools and 85 percent in middle schools." Understand that the school board's policy is to achieve the type of overcrowding in year-round schools that already exists in traditional calendar schools. Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article142667694.html#storylink=cpy In general, year-round schools are at, or nearing capacity. If the proposed change to school room class size, (decreasing it to a 16-1 ratio) goes through, overcrowding at most schools will be the result. It seems that the school board wants the situation to get out of hand so that they can get a school-building bond through.

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Tory Hendrix 6 months ago

Please, Please DON'T change BRES to traditional calendar!!!!! Isn't it ok to have a little room to grow and accommodate all the new subdivisions in the area? Does every school have to be over capacity and have trailers in the back? The fact there were no trailers and the school was not over capacity was one of many reasons we are at BRES. BRES is a wonderful school and it is so important to keep it year round. As others have pointed out, all the other year round schools are at or over capacity so what choices would we have? This is not a good long-term solution and would only serve to create more problems!!
Obviously many of us are at BRES because it is a year round option and that is what fits best with our lives and work (ie fueling the NC economy). This is simply too big of a change. Perhaps BRES could be the base school for a larger area and help it reach capacity? Not to mention would teachers lose jobs if BRES was converted to traditional?? That's not acceptable!

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Allison Wood 6 months ago

Our family adamantly oppose changing BRES to a traditional calendar school. Our third grader has benefited tremendously from the year round schedule. We have a rising kindergartner and are looking forward to her enjoying the benefits of year round also. I'm very disappointed that the middle school feeder pattern would be by "application" only. If our only traditional middle school is FVMS, which is at or near capacity, what then? What if our application is denied? At that point, we'd be BACK on a year round schedule for middle school at West Lake or Holly Grove. We choose this area because we wanted a year round school. I don't understand why you won't reassign students in near by near capped schools (Willow Spring Elementary) to BRES and fill those seats. Why not reassign 100 or so families and move them to BRES than change an entire school and disrupt nearly 700 students and teachers, faculty and staff. Please keep our schedule as it is today.

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Stacie Myers 6 months ago

I listened to the board discussion from 4-18-17 and had a few questions. It was brought up a couple times that there are "close proximity YR school options available to BRES with available seats." Which schools were you referring to? My understanding is that the close schools are capped. Would a request for a transfer to one of these schools be granted in the event BRES is changed to traditional? A complaint by some parents that want traditional have said when they applied to a non base traditional school, they were denied. I'm not sure the arguement for other close proximity schools would be much of a factor, if we would be denied. Another topic that was brought up was there are plans for 2 additional Elementary schools planned for our area. Why would this be considered if our school is underenrolled? Wouldn't it be a better use of tax dollars to try redistricting first, and at least for 1 of the schools to be put on hold? A new promotion for year round schools was also brought up. Couldn't you try delaying this vote until after this to see if it helps enrollment? It was said not to include BRES, which makes no sense, that makes me worry a decision has already been made. I know there are 400+seats open at BRES, but there are 700+ filled seats/students. Please consider the students and staff, not just numbers. Someone also brought up our enrollment as a single track school and the number was 894, and that single track and traditional schools have the same number of students. Would reducing to a single track be an option? I know you discussed keeping some schools a single track, so it's not out of reach as a possibility. Would it be less disruptive to change our school calendar or redistrict new students to our school? I am also very concerned about the middle school feeder pattern. I know the board will not discuss those options until a decision is made, but I'm sure that would have had to be thought out before a change to BRES would have been voted on. I got the feeling that YR schools weren't something some of the board was particularly fond of. I could be wrong, but I didn't hear much support for BRES whereas Salem had several advocates. There seems to be too many options that could be tried if the board is willing. Please do not just make a decision based on "seats".

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Marla Gregg 6 months ago

I am opposing changing BRES to a traditional calendar school. Our child so greatly benefits from the year round calendar. In terms of educating a young child, year round just makes sense. It has been proven that it is the very best for the child - it is also wonderful for parents like us who both work full time. One thing that I don't understand, why not move all children to one track - rather than changing to traditional? Wouldn't this address everyone's concerns? To me, it seems there are many other options to address the enrollment issues than changing to traditional. Changing to a traditional calendar SHOULD NOT be an option!

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Kari Alberque 6 months ago

I am opposed to the changes. We chose this school because of the year round schedule. There are two other elementary school options for our address and both are traditional. There are options for families looking for the traditional calendar. My children have greatly benefited from the year round calendar.
Also, it seems unfair to open new Extended Content Classes this year and move students receiving Special Education services in a separate setting back to base only to change the calendar the next year. Transitions can be challenging for this population and two changes in two years seems insensitive. We love Banks and the year round calendar. Isn't there a compromise solution? If it is open seats that you are worried about, can we not loose one or more tracks until the population increases? What about a Modified Calendar? This seems to be done in haste without any long range planning. Please do not change the calendar.

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