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Wake School Board to Vote on Reassignment Plan

Posted June 5, 2007

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— Thousands of Wake County students are waiting to find out where they will go to school next year. On Tuesday evening, school board members planned to vote on the reassignment plan, which affects 2,626 students who opted out of the year-round calendar.

Consent forms went home recently, asking parents to choose between year-round and traditional schools. About 95 percent of families are staying with year-round, but the other 5 percent want to go to a traditional-calendar school.

When assigning the students back to traditional-calendar schools, three key topics were considered, one of which was trying to keep schools at capacity. Board members identified 25 schools that might be able to accommodate more students, but they said some of them are at or over capacity already.

For example at Rolesville Elementary, the school is currently at 66 percent of its capacity. By the next school year, it could balloon to nearly 120 percent capacity because a preliminary plan from the school board has 160 students shuffling to Rolesville after they opted out of year-round.

The school board had to look at other variables to come up with a reassignment plan. It wanted to maintain a reasonable percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunches. Transportation was also another key element as new bus routes will need to be created to take students to their assigned schools.

Superior Court Judge Howard Manning ruled in May that it was illegal for the school system to assign students to year-round schools without parental consent, and that led to forms going home with all the students in year-round schools and those who would be assigned to them.

Wake Cares Inc., a group opposed to mandatory conversion of schools to year-round schedules, filed a suit that led to Manning's ruling.

If the school board signs off on the proposal, letters could go out to parents Wednesday. The recommendations put together by the school board will be in effect only for the 2007-08 school year.


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  • poohperson Jun 5, 2007

    I also feel my taxpayer dollars should be put to work better than paying for tempory trailers that will stay forever. If we are making YR schools to increase capacity, surely things can be aligned where some trailers can be eliminated.

  • poohperson Jun 5, 2007


    You are obviously at a middle school. My son's school does not have covered walkways and elementary kids should not miss out in services because we can not get them dry to their needed destintations. If we are going year round, and are gaining capacity trailers should be elimintated where at all possible to save money and put our kids in the main buildings with the rest of the school.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 5, 2007

    Deport all of the illegal immigrants and you'll free up enough seats to handle the growth.

    On the other hand, if you get rid of all of the illegal immigrants schools won't be as "healthy" because you'll reduce the number of free and reduced lunches along with improving the socio economical diversity in the schools.

  • Brighterside23 Jun 5, 2007

    See with all the stress in the world already that causes kids to snap..All this "up in the air" moving around maybe not maybe so, stuff has GOT to stop! Our kids need STABILITY more than EVER now! School System needs to be more organized in a timely manner! It is not news that the triangle has been growing for years...They are back paddling thier ignorance of a plan years ago for this. Come on!

  • NCTeacher Jun 5, 2007

    It isn't just kids in trailers that get disrupted when there is bad weather. We have to go through weather to get to the cafeteria.When there is a tornado watch, we have to go into "tornado mode" in the buildings as well. It is a big pain for everybody, not just classes in trailers.

    And how often does that stuff happen anyway? It isn't an everyday thing. The school I work at has 13 "educational cottages" and those 8th gaders (not speech or Title 1 classes- but Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies) are getting an excellent education in those. Yes, it rains out there sometimes. That is why there is a covered walkway out there.

  • poohperson Jun 5, 2007

    The problem with trailers is in bad weather certain classes such as Title I Reading, Speech Therapy, OT, and other classes in the Main building have to be cancelled. We can not expect the kids to trapse back in forth in rain and thunderstorms. If the weather is severe, classes are interupted to bring the kids inside school to safety. I do not know about you, but if there is a tornado, I do not want my kid in a trailer.

  • oceanchild71 Jun 5, 2007

    What is wrong with having a class in a trailer? In some schools the trailers are in better shape than the classrooms. Of course I know the site of green trees and trailers is culture shock for some Yankees (that is an actual quote from an actual Yankee who mistakenly complained to me).

    True, we don't know the numbers for next year. But I do know that many parents have been contacted and asked to change tracks because they are collapsing tracks for certain grades at some schools. They sold people on the idea that the class sizes will be smaller going to year round (which goes against their claim to increase capacity), and now, in quite a few cases, the class sizes are going to be larger than normal (where state law doesn't dictate class size) because they don't have the numbers to justify it. It is a snake eating its tail. And I hate snakes!

  • poohperson Jun 5, 2007

    The 07-08 enrollment numbers by school have not been released. You have no proof the schools would be under capacity. (Especially if you eliminate trailers where you can).

  • oceanchild71 Jun 5, 2007

    First off, as has been discussed ad nauseum, more than 500 school districts in the country have dropped MYR after either studying it or implementing and realizing it ain't all it's cracked up to be. Instead, if they used any YR schools at all, it was on a completely voluntary basis (ie, no student had YR as a base school).

    Second, there are other options. The school board is spending thousands of dollars moving trailers from one school to another. This does not make sense when according to them, the need is great all over.

    Third, this 25 to 33% in capacity gain is a pipe dream. That happens only when all your numbers work exactly perfectly. And perfectly is the extreme exception. The average realized capacity gain is around 110 to 115%, which is what most of our schools are already achieving according to the N&O in their article the othe week. So, we will actually be spending more $ in buses, AC and other building and staff costs to achieve the same capacity. Brilliant!

  • mommy2Three Jun 5, 2007

    SIGH - what a flippin' mess. I WISH all the schools were YR. WHY NOT? Do you have a better idea...that does NOT require a ton of $? Ten schools will not be built in the next 2 months -$ can only do so much. How about, let's shut the gates to Wake County and not let anyone move in until the school situation is fixed...but nope - that isn't going to happen either.
    Look - there is overcrowding...unless you can make people move or quite moving into already densely populated areas...this is GOING TO BE a problem! If everyone complaining about this just moved...there'd be room for all of us happy with our county- those of us that have been here for more than a decade... There are only so many solutions that can be applied in a reasonable amount of time. The fact is - schools can't keep up with growth. My school options are over cap. already If you don't like it - move to find a better situation..in the 70s my parents did to make sure I got in a better school.. You HAVE THAT CHOICE