Wake County School Board to cast final vote for school reassignment plan today

CARY, N.C. (WNCN) — Today, Wake County School Board members will cast their final vote for next school year’s reassignment plan.

The plan is for Buckhorn Creek Elementary to open next year on a traditional calendar, but that has some parents upset.

Wake County leaders are giving families assigned to the school an opportunity to apply to up to two year-round calendar schools between Jan. 10, 2018 and Jan. 31, 2018.

Depending on their address, parents can apply to the following schools:

Either Herbert Atkins Road Elementary and/or Ballentine Elementary or Holly Grove Elementary and/or Holly Srpings Elementary.

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Some parents said they need their work schedule only allows for their child to attend a year-round school.

“I, frankly, don’t have a job that would allow me to work from home for three months straight, while I have flexibility with the year-round calendar,” said parent Amanda Liimatainen.

Monika Johnson-Hostler, the Wake County School Board chair said she wants the community to weigh in on the decision.

“I personally, as a parent and school board member, would like to see us start this early, so that we actually have parents, families and the community at large weigh in.”

Also happening at Tuesday’s school board meeting will be a discussion on the naming of a new school.

An elementary school that is set to open in southeast Raleigh in 2019 still doesn’t have a name.

Over the last few months, leaders narrowed the name to Southeast Raleigh Elementary, but recently, the facilities committee came up with a new name that they’ll recommend to the school board later today — Beacon Promise Elementary School.

The new facility will be in the 1400 block of Rock Quarry Road and will share its space with the new YMCA.

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