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Parents to weigh in on Wake reassignment plan

Posted November 20, 2008
Updated November 27, 2008

— At a public meeting Thursday night, parents will get their first chance to weigh in on the draft, three-year plan that would reassign more than 26,000 Wake County students.

Drawing from a student population of approximately 140,000, that means about one in five students will be moved to a different school over the next three years.

“It’s the same old shuffle game. It’s a shame that we’re doing this to children because I think we lose perspective often that these are human being that are being moved constantly,” parent Cindy Sinkez said.

Administration officials say reassignment is necessary to keep classes from becoming overcrowded. The school system grows by more than 4,000 students a year.

"There will need to be changes every year as long as we keep growing every year," said Chuck Delaney, assistant superintendent of the Wake County Public School System. "It's something that has to be done."

The first of five public meetings will take place at Knightdale High School, 100 Bryan Chalk Lane, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

After the public meetings, WCPSS staff will make its recommendations to the county Board of Education by Dec. 16. The school board will then hold a new round of public meetings and finalize the plan by or on Feb. 3. Board members will also decide which students are eligible for grandfathering, allowing them to stay at their current schools.

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

The reassignment proposal, released on the Internet on Saturday, is the district's attempt to plan for student population growth and movement more than a year in advance.

School officials said they aimed to keep the same students together through elementary, middle and high school. They also considered schools' socioeconomic balance, the distance students would be bused and the state's magnet-school policy.

In 2008-2009, the first year of the plan, 8,162 students would be reassigned. The greatest number of students – 14,200 – would be reassigned in 2009-2010, while 4,409 students will be reassigned in the following year, the last of the plan.

The plan assumes that 10 schools under or planned for construction will open as scheduled.

“As long as growth continues and we build schools, then they’ll have to be some assignment of students,” Superintendent Del Burns said.

The plan also calls for Leesville Road Middle to switch from a traditional to a year-round schedule next year – a move that drew complaints from some parents at a Monday meeting.

“It is disruptive to families. It is disruptive to communities,” parent Richard Borris said.

"What happened to keeping families together?” asked parent Lisa Boneham, who said her children would be put on different schedules.

Other parents, though, have organized the BiggerPicture4Wake group to support the year-round  plan.

"It should, in the long run, reduce reassignments because we will be able to increase capacity, and that will give them some wiggle room and flexibility," Marguerite LeBlanc, the group's spokeswoman, said. "So when we get more students, we will have room for them.”


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  • Navy Vet Dec 2, 2008

    We are moving to Dallas Texas. We were on the fence, but this latest reassignment was the kicker for us. Goodbye to State Income Taxes, paying car tax every year.. and this Wake county school board!

  • soccermomof2guys Dec 2, 2008

    LB is still running her mouth

  • billybob72 Nov 20, 2008

    OpinionOnEverything, it isn't going to help the Real Estate market in Wake County as the traditional calendar options continue to be pulled away and parents are unsatisfied. There's no way I'd move back to Wake County. Johnston, maybe, but not Wake. In Wake, move near a good school and there's no guarantee they'll go to it. People like me left. And the ones who like it can stay. But try selling your house to someone coming from outside Wake County and it will become more difficult. Met a lady last week considering a job transfer to RTP with Siemens, and told her about WCPSS. She will be sure to avoid moving to Wake County and thanked me for the information.

  • ladybug467 Nov 20, 2008

    I will go with the "go were you live plan", and then those who don't like where they live can move away. The whole country can't have this problem. "diversity" needs to be tossed out the window - it is an old outdated attempt.

  • injameswetrust2003 Nov 20, 2008

    The school system is doing the best it can with its resources. I agree with the Reverend that people who don't like the school system should just move away. We have one of the best school systems in the country.

  • Lyle Nov 20, 2008

    "where you live is where you go. How hard is that?"

    It's the perfect solution! But, alas, it is the one the Gods of Education will never adopt, because it is also their misguided obligation to promote "diversity" in the county schools. So, rather than any neighborhood bonds, or excellence in academics, you have umpteen mediocre to bad schools.

  • ladybug467 Nov 20, 2008

    Fill all schools with the children that live near to them first. Then spread it out. Less Transportation cost. No magnet schools, no choice, where you live is where you go.
    How hard is that?

  • Adelinthe Nov 20, 2008

    superman - "If they dont reassign students what you think they can do?"

    Once a child is in a school, they stay there.

    Build the new schools for the new students, and shrink the school system's carbon footprint by stoping all this stupid bussing and build smaller community schools right where the actual students live.

    That's two things they can do.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Nov 20, 2008

    Escaped ftom Wake -

    Good for you and your children.

    We're leaving here for good next April.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Nov 20, 2008

    OpinionOnEverything - "Wasn't it over 90% who voted for year-round?"


    Traditional won over-whelmingly over Year Round.

    Thank God for Judge Manning, the only advocate parents have in the school system.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB