Work sessions to address Knightdale schools audit

mhankerson@newsobserver.comOctober 4, 2013 

— Following a critical audit, the Wake County Public school board last week began the process of developing some long-term solutions for challenges facing Knightdale-area schools. First on the list: Putting the team together.

The group will meet Oct. 22, but last week’s meeting was to intended to begin deciding who would be part of the group, when they will meet and how the sessions will be structured.

The team, which will comprise 15 to 20 members will start with Phase 1, focusing on Knightdale schools.

Two members of the Wake County Public School System board, members of Wake County schools central services (Such as district superintendents), school staff, including principals and teachers, community members and business owners will serve on the group.

The task force will identify the concerns and problems of the Knightdale area, ask for input and then make recommendations.

“We’re not entering those meetings with a preconceived notion – we need to look at a lot of different options,” said Tom Benton, who represents District 1.

In August, an independent audit of Knightdale schools highlighted problems with schools having adequate resources, retaining properly trained teachers and adapting curriculums to students’ needs.

Area Superintendent Ed McFarland said addressing the core issues has already started by asking schools to consider the audit’s finding while making their school improvement plans for the year.

“We want to make sure the mission and vision are focused on making adjustments from the audit,” he said.

The audit also reported that East Wake Middle School was running out of food during the day. McFarland said that since the audit, a permanent cafeteria manager was hired to manage the cafeteria at East Wake Middle. During the audit, McFarland said the position wasn’t permanently filled and that could explain the problems with having adequate food supplies.

The final meeting for the group will entail presenting reccomendations to the school board and district staff to win support for implementing some of what the task force puts together.

Hankerson 919-829-4826 Twitter: @easternwakenews

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