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Calendar changes considered at 5 Wake County schools

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CARY, N.C. -

In an effort to ease overcrowding, the Wake County Public School System is considering calendar changes at four elementary schools and one middle school for the 2015-2016 school year.

School officials have discussed converting Ballentine Elementary and Wakefield Elementary to a traditional 10-month school calendar. Both schools currently operate on a year-round calendar.

Wake Schools also may convert Alston Ridge Elementary, Mills Park Elementary and Mills Park Middle to multi-track year-round calendar schools.

WCPSS had a Board of Education work session Tuesday afternoon at its headquarters in Cary on Dillard Drive.

A calendar change at Alston Ridge, Mills Park Elementary and Mills Park Middle would help address crowding issues in western Wake County, but it would restrict the availability of traditional-calendar seats.

Alston Ridge currently operates on a single track year-round schedule. Mills Park Elementary and Mills Park middle currently operate on a traditional 10-month calendar.

No decisions were finalized during a committee meeting last month, although committee members favored the calendar changes at Ballentine and Wakefield despite opposition from some parents.

"We do not want to be switched back to a traditional calendar year," said Ballentine Elementary School parent Dawn Lane. "I was at the prior meeting and it seems to be a unanimous consensus to the parents -- they've switched and they've thrived under the new system and we really don't want it to change back."

A decision by the school board is likely by Sept. 16. 

Parents are encouraged to review possible solutions for each school and provide feedback on the Wake County School's website.

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