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Parents Hear Wake County School Leaders

Posted January 9, 1999

— Some concerned parents voiced their opinions about school reassignment on Sunday.

The North Raleigh Association of Neighborhoods gathered at the Durham Freeway Fire station in North Raleigh to hear what Wake County School leaders had to say about this controversial issue.

"There are plenty of emotions running high in some families because of the number of kids being reassigned -- it's several thousand in the community," said Tim McBrayer, a concerned parent at Sunday's meeting. "But the purpose of our meeting is to allow people to ask questions of people that are involved in this process."

The latest Wake County reassignment plan, announced in December, is designed to relieve overcrowding and fill new schools. The reassignments affect 43 schools.

Wake County expects nearly 100,000 students to enter schoolhouse doors in August -- a big increase of kids. It has nine new schools ready to handle the growth.

The long overcrowded southwestern part of the county gets two brand new schools and a realignment of four others. North Raleigh gets a new elementary off US-1 and an elementary, middle and high school at Wakefield.

The school system is working on allowing some secondary students the option to stay at their campus -- without school transportation -- to give kids stability.

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