Do NOT convert North Ridge Elementary to a Year Round calendar sign now

Even with the $1 billion bond on the table for November, the Wake County Public School System and School Board have proposed an initiative to mandate year-round schools for targeted elementary schools. They say this conversion is necessary in order to alleviate the funding needed to build new schools that will accommodate projected growth for Wake County schools over the next five years. North Ridge Elementary is on the list of schools being considered. We are opposed to North Ridge Elementary being mandated to a year-round school calendar for the following reasons:

The North Ridge campus is not conducive to a year-round calendar. The campus, developed over 30 years ago, is an open campus with the majority of classrooms opening to the outdoors. Significant and costly renovations are needed and the wear and tear of year-round use on bathrooms, cafeteria, and heating and cooling systems will further deteriorate it. Of additional concern is stairs, steps and breezeways coupled with lack of storage space will be especially challenging for our teachers to teach off carts and move to new classrooms.

The North Ridge community is diverse without bussing. North Ridge operates successfully at over 120\% capacity now with the majority of our F&R students living in near by areas.

North Ridge earned Real D.E.AL. status because its teachers and staff find it to be a great place to work. The North Ridge Growth Committee surveyed teachers and staff regarding the conversion and of the 80\% of teachers and staff that responded, 49\% would choose to apply to another traditional-calendar school or leave the Wake County Public School System altogether if North Ridge is converted to year round. We fear that mandatory conversion to year-round will jeopardize a very strong, stable school and will result in significant loss of veteran teachers and staff our most precious resource.

We believe North Ridge Elementary is not a good candidate for year-round conversion and to do so will ultimately be detrimental to the facility, the grounds, the staff, the students and, ultimately, the surrounding tax-paying community.

We hereby petition the Wake County School Board to remove North Ridge Elementary from consideration of mandatory conversion to a year-round calendar.

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  • 24 December 201587. Jennifer Mb
    The year round schedule simply does not accomodate my schedule as a single Mom who was sole custody of her child. Plus I do not feel my child will adjust well to the tracking system of a year round calendar. How many children do you have attending North R
  • 19 December 201586. Patricia H
    It would be very hard for me to work in the public school system with teenage children roaming free while I was at work. These are the years that I NEED to be around. I chose my job, not only because I love working with children, but that my own children
  • 21 October 201585. Kim W
    I support this petition
  • 28 August 201584. Barbi C
    I support this petition
  • 08 March 201583. Jil Rm
    I support this petition
  • 28 December 201482. John M
    Please don't change North Ridge Elementary to year round.
  • 05 December 201481. Amy M
    I support this petition
  • 17 October 201480. Ann S
    I feel that conversion to year round is not in the best interest of the students or staff. Our school layout is not set up to support this type of school. As a neighborhood homeowner I also am concerned about what it will do to our neighborhood.
  • 05 October 201479. Hamlet Callahan
    I DONT LIKE YEAR ROUND AT ALL
  • 12 September 201478. Jill B
    I support this petition
  • 18 August 201477. Penny Gc
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  • 30 April 201473. Kenneth Jr
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  • 10 April 201472. Matt A
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  • 27 March 201471. Barton M
    В How many children do you have attending North Ridge Elementary? 1
  • 13 January 201470. Jennifer B
    I support this petition
  • 25 December 201369. Mary Pager
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  • 22 November 201368. Crystal K
    I support this petition
  • 04 November 201367. Dan S
    I support this petition
  • 05 October 201366. Paul S
    with children on different schedules, this isn't very family or community friendly How many children do you have attending North Ridge Elementary? 2
  • 19 July 201365. Lorrie H
    studies show that schools that change to year round show no statistical significance in better learning and they end up after approximately 2 yrs. returning to the traditional school calendar. How many children do you have attending North Ridge Elementary
  • 16 July 201364. Michele W
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 16 June 201362. Brenda W
    I support this petition
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