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Wake County School Board Tackles Transfer Requests

Posted June 23, 2007
Updated June 24, 2007

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— Wake County school board members are pulling 10-, sometimes 12-hour days.

This is the time of year when parents appeal to the school board if administrators deny transfers to other schools. As some have found out, there are no easy cases and no easy answers.

For high school student Savannah Revelle, managing her school calendar has turned out to be tougher than the advanced math classes she's trying to take.

“OK, I’m in two schools. I have two lives almost,” she said.

Savannah’s mother, Ruth Revelle, said she wants her daughter at one school, but that is proving to be difficult.

Last year, Savannah bounced between two schools to get the math classes she needed. This year, her parents tried to get her transferred to Apex High to avoid the shuffle. But their request was denied.

“Her math is a big academic part of her life,” Ruth Revelle said.

The board looked at two things when considering the Revelle’s request. First, Apex High is overcrowded. And second, Apex only has the higher math level to get Savannah through her junior year, but not beyond that.

Thousands of parents ask for transfers each year. So far this year about 4,700 transfers have been requested. A little more than 2,800 were approved and about 1,900 were denied. Parents can appeal through the school board.

School board member Ron Margiotta said he agrees with Savannah and her family.

“It just doesn’t make sense,” he said.

But despite more lenient transfer rules, Margiotta said families still might have a hard time swaying the entire school board.

“This appeal process is over the top. I’m recognizing that people need a voice,” Margiotta said.

If Savannah doesn’t get the transfer, she’ll have math at Apex High, but head back to Holly Springs High for the rest of the day.

Holly Springs doesn't have the higher level math classes yet because it opened as a new school last year with underclassmen.

So far this year, a larger percentage of transfers have been granted compared to last year. Appeals hearings continue on Tuesday.


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  • whatelseisnew Jun 26, 2007

    Unfortunately, moving within Wake County might not help. Too many kids are being bussed away from their base schools for racial and free-lunch balancing, or because the base school is already overcrowded. The virtual classroom certainly can help with some of that and needs to be expanded. As to Internet Access, perhaps Time Warner and some of the DSL providers should chip in and provide free access to families that could not afford it, heck if need be they could provide them with an inexpensive computer. A way of giving back to the community.

  • latin4change Jun 25, 2007

    the county can save over 100K by getting rid of that new Human services director ... Phoney Ramoney Rajano. He is tearing that department apart. LEAVE ramoney - we don't want you here!!

  • poohperson Jun 24, 2007

    We have people unhappy because they have to go out of their way to get classes that are above and beyond, mean while there are a ton of other kids failing and falling through the cracks of the system. This family will learn to cope if they want their daughter to have advanced math classes. My sister had to do something similar in CA. Unfortunatly we have reached the a time when every school can not have every class or opportunity.

  • mlmt4 Jun 24, 2007

    To see NC's virtual public high school, visit http://www.ncvps.org/. This is available to all students in Wake County Schools. The courses are taught by licensed, high qualified teachers from across the state. They are the same course as what is offered in the classroom, using the same textbooks, curriculum and assignments.

  • mvnull Jun 24, 2007

    The only way the WCPSS can have a reasonable and coherent assignment plan is if growth is stopped. We have been fed the lie that growth is good for so long by the developers and BBB that we actually believe it. The plummeting quality of the school system is testament to this.

  • Scarecrow Cow Jun 23, 2007

    Cjump, I totally agree. I plan to move back to the Charlotte area within the next few years before I have children because CMS doesn't have Wake County's ridiculous forced busing policy. They have good schools in good neighborhoods and bad schools in bad neighbohoods. I am NOT going to waste my time finding a home in a good area only to have my kids sent to some other part of the county and reassigned every year.

  • cjump Jun 23, 2007

    A little off topic - where did that great article about the young man who is flying around the world in a plane built with donated parts go? !!!!!

    Keep that up so others can read and enjoy it.

  • Tax Man Jun 23, 2007

    You know that might be a way for the WCPSS to help on their overcrowding - distance learning, or online courses. For example, this young woman could go to Holly Springs for her classes except the math class that she could "attend" from a classroom in Holly Springs via the Internet to the class in Apex. Maybe all core classes could be online and kids could actually take them from home, online, live. Of course the poorer families may not have high speed internet service, so somehow the school board would have to figure out how to deal with them - heck they bus them anyway, so maybe instead of spending all the money on gas/buses they could buy them computers and give them "free" high speed internet limited to school use.

  • cjump Jun 23, 2007

    Guess my comment didn't pass the censors.

    All I said was that it is time for children to go to their own neighborhood school. If you don't like the neighborhood you live in, get a better education/job and move.

  • swddancer Jun 23, 2007

    Hm... just wondering, does Wake Co. have a distance education or online classes for their students?