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Enrollment caps approved for 10 Wake schools

Posted January 20, 2015

Wake County Public School System

— Wake County school board members approved enrollment caps for 10 schools for the 2015-16 school year Tuesday night.

But board members postponed a decision on capping Enloe High School until they receive more information regarding overflow options.

Broughton High was proposed as Enloe’s overflow school, but the number of students capped out of Enloe could significantly exceed Broughton’s capacity, school officials said.

The 10 capped schools are a reduction from the 20 schools capped for the current school year. Caps are placed in anticipation of high growth within a school’s base attendance.

A cap does not necessarily mean students will be turned away, school officials said. Of the 20 schools with enrollment caps this year, only 12 diverted students to overflow schools, the district said. Some of those schools invited its base students back mid-year as seats opened.

Enrollment caps will be removed from 14 schools: Alston Ridge Elementary; Brooks Elementary; Cedar Fork Elementary; Combs Elementary; Forest Pines Elementary; Green Elementary; Holly Ridge Elementary; Holly Springs Elementary; Jones Dairy Elementary; Lacy Elementary; Leesville Elementary; North Ridge Elementary; Apex High and Holly Springs High.

Caps will remain at Hodge Road Elementary, Holly Grove Elementary, Hunter Elementary, Mills Park Elementary, Walnut Creek Elementary and Mills Park Middle.

Caps will be placed at Cary Elementary, Davis Drive Middle, Heritage High and Panther Creek High.

“The fact that up to 11 schools still could be capped points to the continued challenges of managing rapid growth,” the district said in a statement.


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  • loriac Jan 22, 2015

    same question on Enloe - why not reduce some magnet seats to accommodate base students? I though the reason for magnets was they couldn't fill the schools with base students, yet here we are trying to bus them around.

  • Terry Watts Jan 22, 2015
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    I would agree with implementing Impact Fees and having newly built neighborhoods pay for their own schools and infrastructure. That would leave your money to work in your own neighborhood and not be spread all over the county...

    But we know how the Conservatives in the NC and their appointees in the Courts feel about Impact Fees...


    What kind of solutions would you suggest? Or is "no, no, no" all you got???

  • theliberadicator Jan 22, 2015

    "Seems like you've disqualified the first and last options already, which leaves us with Bonds...

    This county has approved bond after bond after bond and still the poor and deprived school system "can't keep up."
    Their own words. Along with their new mantra, "we are going to run out of money."

    Bonds are no longer the answer and it's time the public tells them no. It's time they come up with a better solution.

    Until then and from now on the answer is no.

  • Terry Watts Jan 21, 2015
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    Well obviously the taxes we pay don't provide enough revenue to repair the schools about which you complain... So either we pay more in taxes, support a school construction bond, or live with run-down schools. Seems like you've disqualified the first and last options already, which leaves us with Bonds...

  • loriac Jan 21, 2015

    If Broughton is over capacity, why do they need a magnet program?

  • NiceNSmooth Jan 21, 2015

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    why when I alreay support WCPSS budget with my property taxes!!

  • lickashot4bk Jan 21, 2015

    Instead of capping schools why dont they build more buildings so that kids wont have to attend classes in trailers?Come on Wake County Public School System you have to be smarter than that.

  • John Booker Jan 21, 2015
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    Funny that the Mills Park schools are capped yet builders are building more houses and higher density housing within 2 miles of the schools.

  • Terry Watts Jan 21, 2015
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    Support an Education Bond???

  • NiceNSmooth Jan 21, 2015

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    Not until they fix the ones they have!!! remember the report last year about East Wake County schools running out of food daily and holes in the walls?