2015-16 reassignment plan could affect 2,734 Wake students
Posted November 4, 2014
Cary, N.C. — No more than 2,734 students – less than 2 percent of the Wake County Public School System's enrollment – would be affected by a plan to fill three schools opening next year, according to a final draft of a student reassignment plan unveiled Tuesday.
School system staff told board members during a work session that fewer than half of those students would be assigned to a new school for the 2015-16 academic year, while the remaining – about 1,600 – could choose to stay in their current schools if they provide their own transportation.
An initial presentation Tuesday estimated 2,902 students would be affected, but the number was revised after a decision to keep 168 students at Enloe High School instead of moving them to Southeast Raleigh High School.
The plan to fill Friendship High School and Scotts Ridge Elementary School in Apex and Abbotts Creek Elementary School in north Raleigh is also aimed at creating efficiencies in transportation and aligning school calendars so that students remain on the same calendar from elementary to high school.
The school system has been working since August on the plan, and the latest iteration reflects changes based on more than 2,200 online comments and feedback from a number of public information sessions.
The school board is accepting online comments on the latest draft and will also hold a public hearing Nov. 18.
It will discuss the proposal at a Nov. 25 work session and take a vote Dec. 2.
The proposal, the fourth in recent years, comes as the school system – the largest in the state – is expecting an 11 percent enrollment increase, or 18,615 students, by 2018. That number would bring enrollment to 171,915.