Wake County Schools

Enrollment caps proposed for 11 Wake schools

Posted February 4
Updated February 5

— Schools in Wake County are busting at the seams, district officials said Tuesday.

Several hold more students than designed. Some can't take anymore.

Jones Dairy Elementary is projected to be at nearly 120 percent capacity for next year.

The elementary school is among 11 proposed to have student enrollments capped: 

Alston Ridge Elementary, Combs Elementary, Green Elementary, Hodge Road Elementary, Holly Ridge Elementary, Holly Springs Elementary, Jones Dairy Elementary, Leesville Road Elementary, Forest Pines Elementary, North Ridge Elementary and Mills Park Elementary.

Caps currently at nine other schools would remain.

Students who have lived near the affected schools should have seat, but new families may not.

“The capping is affecting newcomers and that is difficult decisions to make,” said Christine Kushner, school board chairwoman.

Families capped out of their zoned school can choose between two overflow schools, officials said.

Tuesday’s discussion highlighted the need for new schools, board members said. A school construction bond that passed in October could mean just that, something Laura Evans would appreciate.

“One day I won’t come to you about any enrollment caps,” said Evans, senior director of student assignment for Wake County schools. “So that will be even better news.”

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  • taylor3297 Feb 5, 5:10 p.m.

    drswayney- Your child should be okay. You are currently already living in the node for the school that will be capped. This is for people who move into the node after the school has been capped.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 5, 4:34 p.m.

    Quit approving construction of new homes without raising the impact fees to the developers of those new homes as to what the burdens those new homes bring to the nearby school system. There are impact fees, but that there's not enough money within the coffers to build new schools for those new homes shows the impact fees are not currently high enough.

    And yeah, I know it will raise the price of those homes, but that's the cost of progress.

  • cjw6105 Feb 5, 3:54 p.m.

    This has a lot less to do with crowding than it does with racial diversity.

    Forced busing is poised to return. Many students who don't want to attend magnet schools will attend them involuntarily, plus they'll go great distances to do so.

    Vintage Wake County. Vintage liberals.

  • fourmalkoffs Feb 5, 2:05 p.m.

    Yet another reason to consider homeschooling! No transportation required.

  • mike275132 Feb 5, 12:26 p.m.

    Yet another reason to put your Children in private school.

  • drswayney Feb 5, 12:15 p.m.

    This is really getting ridiculous...so now all the Holly Springs Elementary schools will be capped? We have a Holly Springs address, my daughter who is going into the WCPSS for the first time next school year will be bused to Fuquay. Don't you think we might need another Elementary school in Holly Springs? We buy our homes in communities in which we want to participate - now our kids who have friends in these communities have to go to schools in different towns from their friends. Not to mention that the schools in Fuquay and other towns are not convenient to get to if you drop your kids off on your way to work. Honestly Wake County - get your act together!!

  • AtALost Feb 5, 11:43 a.m.

    I'd love to know the percentage of "newcomers" who are illegal / undocumented.

  • uBnice Feb 5, 9:33 a.m.

    North Carolina has the 10th largest population in the country and is competing to move up to the 9th largest. In the last census it was shown that the Southeast is the fastest growing area of the country and North Carolina is the fastest growing in the Southeast. Guess what? Wake County is the fastest growing in North Carolina.

    Growth, growth, growth. We are having growing pains but too many leaders are stuck on what it was like when they grew up.

    The concept of hold pure "neighborhood schools" in Wake County simply will not adhere to reality.

  • gingerlynn Feb 5, 9:22 a.m.

    bonnie it just effects newcomers if you read the article.

  • FakeCoastalRings Feb 5, 9:22 a.m.

    Perhaps the written article could have listed the 11 schools? Mr. Owens -- who, what, where,... View More

    — Posted by paul2345

    Paragraph 3 and 4.
    The elementary school is among 11 proposed to have student enrollments capped:

    Alston Ridge Elementary, Combs Elementary, Green Elementary, Hodge Road Elementary, Holly Ridge Elementary, Holly Springs Elementary, Jones Dairy Elementary, Leesville Road Elementary, Forest Pines Elementary, North Ridge Elementary and Mills Park Elementary.

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