Archive for February, 2014


School board and County Commissioners leadership reach agreement

Joint Release with Wake County Board of Commissioners

Representatives from the Wake County Board of Commissioners (BOC) and the Wake County Board of Education (BOE) subcommittee met on Thursday, February 27, 2014, to discuss the inter-local agreement (ILA) between the two governing bodies. The purpose of the ILA is to establish collaboration for the process of site acquisition, design, and construction of school buildings and to promote a cooperative working relationship.

Wake County Board of Education Chair Christine Kushner noted, “Our community expects us to build and renovate school buildings to accommodate our growing population and keep schools up-to-date. Approval of the ILA will help to accomplish that.”

“We have reached a consensus concerning the ILA and it is ready to be passed by both boards,” said Wake Commissioners Chair Phil Matthews. “We are ready to move forward and do what’s best for the community.”

The next steps include the following:

  • The Board of Education is expected to approve the ILA at their next regular meeting, Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
  • The Board of Commissioners is expected to approve the ILA at their regular meeting, Monday, March 17, 2014.
  • Upon approval, the boards will establish a Joint School Facilities Core Team to lead research, evaluation of site acquisition, design, and construction.

The boards agreed to the subcommittee at the last joint meeting on Friday, February 21, 2014. The subcommittee included Matthews and Kushner, Board of Education Vice-Chair Tom Benton, Board of Education members Keith Sutton and Bill Fletcher; Commissioners Vice Chair Tony Gurley, Commissioner Caroline Sullivan, along with Interim County Manager Joe Durham, County Attorney Scott Warren, Superintendent Dr. Jim Merrill, and Wake Board of Education attorney Jonathan Blumberg.

Wake County honors Trailblazers

The Wake County Board of Education will honor the pioneers of the school desegregation movement of the 1960s-70s in a Black History Month program. The effort will begin a year of research and efforts to recognize the individuals who helped integrate the schools that would become the Wake County Public School System.

Green Magnet Elementary holds first Leadership Day

Green Magnet Elementary held its first Leadership Day. The new magnet school has a leadership theme. Students are learning leadership by studying Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The students explained the Seven Habits and sang in different languages to an audience of community and school leaders.

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Cary High finishes third at NCHSAA wrestling tournament

Cary High finished in third place at the N.C. High School Athletic Association state 4-A wrestling championships at the Greensboro Coliseum this weekend. Continue Reading . . .

Dillard Drive Wins WCPSS Battle of the Books

Dillard Drive Middle students won the WCPSS Battle of the Books competition held on Feb. 22 at Daniels Middle School. Continue Reading . . .

Athens Drive teacher receives NC Beautiful grant

NC Beautiful has presented an environmental education grant of $1,000 to Athens Drive High teacher Jason Hunning. Continue Reading . . .

Wake teachers top the state in effectiveness

The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is one of only four school districts in North Carolina where more than 90 per cent of teachers met or exceeded student academic growth standards on NC’s new Teacher Effectiveness Index for 2012-13. In Wake, 91.6 per cent of teachers met or exceeded academic growth standards. The smaller Dare County school system’s index tied Wake.  The smaller Watauga County system’s teachers scored a 92 per cent, and 90.2 per cent of teachers in Cabarrus County Schools met or exceeded standards. The state average for North Carolina is 79.3 per cent. Continue Reading . . .

Application period extended for Vernon Malone College and Career Academy

The application period for the new Vernon Malone College and Career Academy has been extended. The application period will continue to be available through Tuesday, March 25. Students may apply at any time during the application period. Continue Reading . . .

Donate new and gently used books for low-income children


Ruben, the mascot for WAKE Up and Read, collects book donations from board member Kevin Hill (left) and Superintendent Jim Merrill.

Many Wake County children have few books in their homes, and arrive in kindergarten without the vocabulary, knowledge, and experience skills to excel in the classroom. WAKE Up and Read’s goal is to ensure all low-income students have tools and resources to become lifelong readers and learners.

From March 2 – March 29, 2014, WAKE Up and Read will collect new and gently-used books for children ages birth to 12.  The organization’s goal is to collect 40,000 books in four weeks—enough to share with schools and child care facilities across the county. WAKE Up and Read wants to ensure every child in our community has the opportunity to develop a love for reading. Continue Reading . . .