Despite protests from Cary parents, WCPSS approves student reassignment
Posted December 6, 2016
Cary, N.C. — Wake County school leaders on Tuesday approved a student enrollment plan that will see students in a Cary community relocated to a new school despite parent protests.
Three new schools are opening next year due to overcrowding at existing schools. School officials estimated the student enrollment plan for the 2017-2018 school year would reassign no more than 2,369 students, or 1.5 percent of the total student population.
Of the students being relocated, 2,189 will be assigned to one of the three new schools- Hortons Creek Elementary School, Rogers Lane Elementary School and River Bend Middle School.
A group of parents in the Cary Park neighborhood were outspoken about the reassignment plan and had urged school leaders to allow students at Mills Park Elementary School to remain in place instead of being relocated to Hortons Creek. They argued that the reassignment plan would divide up their community.
About 1,100 students will be eligible to seek a grandfathering exemption that will allow them to stay at their current school through the exit grade.
Parents can find out if their child is affected by the relocation on the Wake County Public School System website.