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Family Drops Lawsuit to Reunite High School Sisters

Posted May 28, 2007
Updated May 29, 2007

— The Bailey family has had quite a year. Their daughters, Amber and Brittany, are both in high school, but they aren’t allowed to attend the same Wake County school.

The Baileys' juggling act includes trying to figure out how to see two different end-of-year choral concerts at the same time.

“It’s the wrong thing to do to any family,” Rhonda Bailey said.

Last August, the family sued to get the teens back together. Nine months later, they said the legal fight is no longer worth the energy it is taking, and they have dropped the suit.

“A lot of good came out if it even if it’s not necessarily what we wanted in the first place,” Brittany said.

Most of the decision to drop the suit came down to what Brittany wanted. After establishing herself at the new Holly Springs High School, Brittany no longer wants to go back to Middle Creek High, where her sister goes.

The Baileys were caught in the middle of a wave of change.

When the new Holly Springs High School opened, the county school board said it had to make assignments there mandatory to relieve overcrowding and fill the space. Siblings didn’t get a pass.

“We just have to look at the school system as a whole and do what’s best for the system,” board member Horace Tart said of the decision.

With the decision to tear up the court papers behind then now, the Baileys said they have no regrets and they feel their fight sent a message.

”All I can say is that when you’re a parent , you’ve got to do what you think is right for your children. Anything less is not doing your job as a parent,” David Bailey said.

The Baileys may claim one victory as they may get state law changed.

A bill in the state House of Representatives would allow school boards to appoint a separate committee to hear appeals over school assignments. The Baileys said they feel that would lift a burden off board members in large districts like Wake and give parents a bigger voice.


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  • cheddarhead May 30, 2007

    I think hondaman needs to go back to school to learn to spell.

  • baldy1 May 29, 2007

    I'll be straight to the point.. The school board members probably put their little Brats just where they wont them to go because these are my kids, they are better than yours. The general public is a BIG NOTHING AND NOBODY to them...

  • 1Moms_View May 29, 2007

    To the Bailey family, I feel for you and those criticizing you have no right to without having dealt with the situation as you have this past year. The WCBOE needs to be held accountable and stop using children's education to force parents to meet their demands for more money. If they did a fiscally responsible job to begin with, there would not be the current situation of children in the same family being split across county or children being forced to attend year round even against parents' wishes.
    WCBOE and ALL BOEs, should build schools to meet the anticipated growth demands instead of current anticipated capacity when building. Then schools would not be overcrowded, using trailers, or forcing children to attend outside their communities. I'm in a school less than 4 years old that is already beyond capacity and teachers sharing classrooms. This is NOt in the best interest of children, especially in areas with so much growth that the schools can not meet the needs.

  • Suzz May 29, 2007

    Mr. Bailey, I'm sorry to see you give up the fight, but I certainly understand your reasons. Bucking the system is a thankless, tiresome, and stressful position to be in. I hope your family is able to find peace in the situation you are dealing with. I can't imagine the worry your family has suffered over the last year at the uncaring hands of the BOE. Seperating siblings who are in the same house in the manner they did was thoughtless, pointless, and heartless.
    I hope next year will somehow be easier. Good luck to you and yours.

  • davidbailey May 29, 2007

    As the father in this story, I'd like to comment on how quickly we are judged by those willing to accept anything the school board does and how we must be at fault because: A) we're rich; B) our daughter(s) are spoiled; C) we're shallow because we started something over emotional and religious issues and ended simply because Brittany wanted to stay.

    All of the above is false.

    If you're interested in reading more details, please refer to our blog.


    Thanks to those who have been supportive. I think only a family who has been through this wrenching experience can have any idea of what it does to you.


    David Bailey

  • superman May 29, 2007

    I am sick of hearing parents whim and cry-- Maybe we need more child care centers. It is childist and inmature when an adult says the school board doesnt listen when they dont get their way. I gave that excuse up years ago. Maybe the school board knows best-- if not run for the school board and see if you can satisfy and please all those whinning adults. And by the way-- being on the school board is a valuable service these people give to their community. It is not a paid position.

  • 2late May 29, 2007

    nice work cheddar....

  • O-Get-A-Grip May 29, 2007

    Does anyone know if the sisters live in the same house or is it a living-seperately-with-seperate parents situation. If they are in the same house, how/why did they get split to begin with? However, if they live in different places, you are subject to whichever side of the line you reside on.

  • next year May 29, 2007

    Where would the grandfathered kids fit in Apex?

    Are they holding our kids hostage? Or are they being the efficient board we asked them to be? Efficient and family friendly do not always match.

    Rev RB... how in fact did they have the original funding requested if the bonds were defeated?

  • cheddarhead May 29, 2007

    "I sure am sick of hearing these rich suburbanites whine and moan and complain about about this very minor issue." Crone

    Get your facts straight Crone--not all of us are rich suburbanites whining. Some of us are lower middle class living in the country. My children are all A/B students so we aren't stupid either. If you had children all over the county at school I am sure you would have something else to say.

    To the person who commented on not being able to fill the schools if we allow siblings to go to the same school maybe you need to do some research too. Holly Springs High School will be at it's max filling it with Holly Springs residents. It does not need to ship in students from Apex.
    Maybe it is you people with out children and those whose children aren't involved in the split up who should stop your whining.