Wake County Schools

Wake parents sound off on reassignment proposal at Sanderson

Posted November 28, 2012
Updated November 29, 2012

— The Wake County Board of Education heard from about 20 parents Wednesday night on a plan to reassign about 1,500 students for the 2013-14 school year.

The proposed plan combines elements of the current "controlled-choice plan," in which parents have more input into where their children go to school, and a neighborhood model that links each Wake County address with a base elementary, middle and high school.

The majority of parents complained about assignments far from home, which is what board members anticipated.

"It is irresponsible to assign kids miles away," said parent Michael Gallagher.

Board member Susan Evans said the plan offers less upheaval than in years past and that the board will offer help to families impacted by reassignment.

"Most of the comments are what we expected," Evans said. "We will try to do what is logical."

Near the end of the meeting, board member Deborah Prickett asked parents to raise hands if they are satisfied with the current plan. Prickett voted against a June directive to staff to change the three-year plan, which is less than a year old, in an effort to improve upon it.

"We promised the public we would stay with the choice plan for three years," Prickett said.

Evans said Pickett's question was "not appropriate" and took the microphone from her.

Board members clash over Wake reassignment Board members clash over Wake reassignment

The meeting, from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Sanderson High School, 5500 Dixon Drive in Raleigh, was the first of three over the next two weeks.

Meetings are also scheduled for the same time at Davis Drive Middle School, 2101 Davis Drive, Cary, on Dec. 3 and at Rolesville Middle School, 4700 Burlington Mills Road, Rolesville, on Dec. 5.

The reassignment plan affects less than 1 percent of the Wake County student population, and most of its focus is on filling three new schools in the Rolesville and Wake Forest areas.

About three dozen schools face enrollment caps, which could force children to schools further away from home. A grandfather provision in the proposal could further reduce the number of reassignments.

Parents who want to speak at the meetings must register in advance on the school system's website or in person an hour before the hearing.

Public comment is also being accepted online.

The school board is expected to vote on the 2013-14 assignment plan on Dec. 11.

It will only be used until a permanent plan is created for the 2014-15 school year.

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  • krimson Nov 30, 3:30 p.m.

    That is because you were in Raleigh. In western Wake County (Cary/Apex/etc.) our 'nodes' were moved to a different school nearly every single year.

    And the school board admitted in a public meeting that these changes each year were NOT due to growth but to support the diversity bussing policy.

    This is why the parents in western Wake County basically reached the point of open revolt over the bussing policies of the school system. Our families were taking it on the chin each and every single year. And when we complained to the old Democratic school board...not only did they not listen to us... they mocked and heckled the parents.

    Western: Why didn't you move to Raleigh then??? I have no sympathy for the people that live by the airport who complain about jet noise... Why should we sympathize with you?

  • heisenberg Nov 30, 11:18 a.m.

    Nuff z Nuff and CrewDog - you are so right. This school board is a joke. Impeach Kevin Hill.

  • injameswetrust2003 Nov 29, 6:51 p.m.

    Did you notice how Supt. Gainey just looked the other way when this happened between Ms. P and Evans? Where is the leadership on this board, was Kevin Hill at the meeting? He's all bark and all bite-no leadership skills. The problem with this board is there is no leadership.

  • westernwake1 Nov 29, 4:40 p.m.

    "My son went to one Ele school: York, One middle: Martin Middle, on HS: Enloe. He is a 2nd yr college student now. I don't remember our neighborhood ever got reassigned to different schools. We always had same base schools till this last new "Choice" plan. We do live in a well established neighborhood though." - Da Toy Maker

    That is because you were in Raleigh. In western Wake County (Cary/Apex/etc.) our 'nodes' were moved to a different school nearly every single year.

    And the school board admitted in a public meeting that these changes each year were NOT due to growth but to support the diversity bussing policy.

    This is why the parents in western Wake County basically reached the point of open revolt over the bussing policies of the school system. Our families were taking it on the chin each and every single year. And when we complained to the old Democratic school board...not only did they not listen to us... they mocked and heckled the parents.

  • Da Toy Maker Nov 29, 4:11 p.m.

    "
    Here's what the Virginia state board of education actually did. It looked at students' test scores in reading and math and then proposed new passing rates. ...
    Vincent Vega"

    Dude:

    Are you for real??? Just wondering.

    @westernwake1:

    My son went to one Ele school: York, One middle: Martin Middle, on HS: Enloe. He is a 2nd yr college student now. I don't remember our neighborhood ever got reassigned to different schools. We always had same base schools till this last new "Choice" plan. We do live in a well established neighborhood though.

  • Screw WrAl Nov 29, 4:07 p.m.

    "Hey I got a plan. Get a new school board."

    Got one, this is the one the voters elected. We're getting exactly what we deserve. When stupid people vote, stupid people are elected.

  • COLT45 Nov 29, 3:48 p.m.

    Hey I got a plan. Get a new school board.

  • Vincent Vega Nov 29, 3:01 p.m.

    Here's what the Virginia state board of education actually did. It looked at students' test scores in reading and math and then proposed new passing rates. In math it set an acceptable passing rate at 82 percent for Asian students, 68 percent for whites, 52 percent for Latinos, 45 percent for blacks and 33 percent for kids with disabilities.

    The Florida State Board of Education passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their race.

    On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level.

  • jonnraleigh Nov 29, 2:58 p.m.

    Unfortunately, Kim, it won't be the Board who suffers. It will be the students and the teachers who will suffer.

  • kimandwill89 Nov 29, 2:49 p.m.

    Chaos and confusion are the only values this school board believes in. MAJOR changes are coming with reassignment in the coming years. That is their answer to every issue. Don't give them a single cent extra in revenue.

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