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Parents can comment on Wake school reassignment

Posted November 17, 2008

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— Parents get their first chance Thursday to weigh in on the Wake school district's plan to reassign more than 26,000 students over the next three years.

The proposal, released Saturday, is an attempt by the district to plan for population growth and movement more than a year in advance. District authorities said planning for three years would save money for schools and aggravation for families.

"Families have more information and have it earlier," Chuck Delaney, assistant superintendent of the Wake County Public School System, said in a release. "The multiyear proposal responds to public requests for information and input."

The public is invited to comment on the plan in public meetings through Dec. 10. Public meetings, each beginning at 6:30 p.m., are as follows:

  • Nov. 20 – Knightdale High, 100 Bryan Chalk Lane in Knightdale
  • Dec. 1 – Cary High, 638 Walnut St. in Cary
  • Dec. 3 – Wake Forest-Rolesville High, 420 W. Stadium Drive in Wake Forest
  • Dec. 4 – Holly Springs High, 5329 Cass Holt Road in Holly Springs
  • Dec. 8 – Broughton High, 723 St. Mary's St. in Raleigh 

About the plan

For 2008-2009, the first year of the plan, 8,162 students would be reassigned. Three new elementary schools will open up in eastern and southern Wake County, necessitating moving younger students in those areas.

Middle and high schoolers will also be moved in western Wake to relieve overcrowding, particularly in Cary.

The plan calls for the greatest number of students – 14,200 – to be reassigned in 2009-2010, when two high schools, two middle schools and one elementary school open. Most students moved will be in northern, western and southern Wake that year.

In 2010-2011, 4,409 students will be reassigned, as an elementary school and middle school open in northern and southeastern Wake.

The Wake County Board of Education will determine which reassigned students are eligible for grandfathering, allowing them to stay at their current schools. In the past, students have been required to provide their own transportation to school if they did not move.

The second and third year of the draft assume that the 10 schools will open as planned. However, their construction is dependent on capital funding and enrollment growth.

Overall, the number of students reassigned is comparable to those moved in the past three one-year plans.

How the plan was formed

More than 100 parents and educators met and discussed reassignment options for over 5,000 total person-hours. School system officials said they kept in mind the concerns that emerged from those planning sessions.

Of paramount importance was keeping the same students together through elementary, middle and high school.

Officials said they also considered schools' socioeconomic balance, the distance students would be bussed and the state's magnet-school policy.

Next steps

Taking into account public feedback, WCPSS staff will make their recommendations to the county Board of Education by Dec. 16.

The school board will hold a new round of public meetings and finalize the plan by or on Feb. 3, 2009.

Mailings will then be sent out to the parents of affected students, who will know their final assignments by mid-May of next year.

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  • greencheez4life Nov 18, 2008

    I'm currently in high school and am dissapointed that we as the STUDENTS are not given any chance to voice OUR opinions. Because of this reassignment I will lose several classmates and friends, many of whom have been doing extremly well in school and are now worried this may cause issues with their grades. Some who have gotten ajusted to classes will now be thrown into an entirly new exsperiance and yet does anyone listen to us? Yeah right.

  • Student Nurse Nov 17, 2008

    By son will have attended 4 new schools at the hands of Wake County at the start of the upcoming school year. He will be 7 years old.

  • heart4kids Nov 17, 2008

    atac001--facts first ALL of Raleigh low income students are not sent to Garner schools--futher more all families in SE Raleigh are not low income.

    My subdivision(which has homes of value to 175+) has Smith as a base school. 65 or so student in a student population of over 400-65 students does not drive a precentage--and when did Garner become of such prestige.

    You will be delighted to know that when Smith does reopen it will be a Magnet program and the new proposal wants to boot our subdivision to "allow more room for applications"--I did mention we are talking about 65 students. The new school will hold about 200 more students--more room they say

    let's not be so critical

  • pulstar40 Nov 17, 2008

    My daughter went to 2 different elementary schools, 2 different middle schools, and 2 different high schools, all cause of reassignments. Next year, our area is getting assigned to yet another high school -- I think our 4th in 10 years. Thank goodness she will graduate before then. But I had to laugh when one of Wake's summaries stated that they were changing one area to a certain school so that the kids could stay with the other kids they went to middle school with. Did anyone else see that? Are they kidding? What about the other 8,000 kids being moved around next year...and the even bigger move the year after that. There should have been smaller school districts years ago.

  • Z Man Nov 17, 2008

    ...Parent are welcome to comment... (but no one give a hoot). I've said it before, WCPSS needs to be split into manageable districts. Where else on earth does a county with 800K+ residents have a single school district.

  • Garnerwolf1 Nov 17, 2008

    Please remember that the school board are elected positions. Of course, when nobody runs against them as happens, no change will occur...

  • chargernut69 Nov 17, 2008

    these people on the school board have no clue! I wish I could afford to send my son to a private school.....

  • OpinionatedGuy Nov 17, 2008

    It all has to do with "diversity"...

  • atac001 Nov 17, 2008

    Why do all the low income families from raleigh get pushed to Garner?? There needs to be an even amount of distribution. If they continue to do this, i hope Smith elementary never opens up again to send a message to the board,.

  • momeeee Nov 17, 2008

    They plan to move my child from a HS within a mile of our home to one across town. He can walk to school now! My other child already gets bussed there when there is a elem school w/in two miles. I can see redistricting to save money on gas but not to spend more! I am furious!

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