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Wake school board proposes changes to reassignment plan

Posted January 22, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Members of the Wake County Board of Education came up with 13 changes they want to make to a reassignment plan that could affect more than 25,000 students over the next three years.

Under the current proposal, which is to help fill 10 new schools, 9,801 students would be reassigned for the 2009-2010 school year; another 11,008 in 2010-2011; and 4,677 in 2011-2012.

Year-Round Schools Generic School board recommends easing reassignment plan

At a work session Thursday morning, board members suggested moving up the reassignment timeline for some schools after parents who would be affected by the plan said that if students have to move, to make it sooner rather than later.

"We're very serious about this, and we want to make sure that the public input is heard and digested, and we have incorporated a number of changes," school board member Lori Millberg said.

Among the other changes are two that would expand the school system's grandfathering policy to be more accommodating to families.

Families who have been reassigned twice in three years may apply for a transfer to stay at their current schools, and those will be automatically granted.

For families who have two or more children at the same school and the older sibling is being reassigned, they can apply for a transfer that would be approved and automatically extended for the younger siblings so they can stay at the same school.

School system staff say they are able to be more flexible because growth projections have slowed and more schools have opened.

The board has yet to approve the list of recommended changes. If it votes in favor of the changes, it will have to schedule a public hearing. The board would like to vote on the overall reassignment proposal in early February.

Other changes include dropping no more than a few hundred students from the plan. Board members were expected to review each school to determine if any other changes should be made.

The changes come after a series of public input meetings, in which more than 1,000 parents showed up and more than 200 spoke on the matter. More than 1,400 people also submitted comments through the school system's Web site.

Some parents groups have been very vocal at the public meetings over a proposal to reassign students from Apex High School in Apex to Athens Drive High School in Raleigh.

That matter was not among Thursday's list of recommended changes.

A number of the students in the current proposal are not currently enrolled in the school system. More than 1,400 are kindergarten students who will enter school over the next three years. Others are students expected to move into the area.

The school board says the new schools – five year-round elementary schools, three year-round middle schools and two high schools – provide additional space to accommodate growing enrollment numbers. Enrollment increased by 3,700 students for 2008-2009.

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  • injameswetrust2003 Jan 22, 2009

    bs, it seems as though you don't care for the current Board. How would you solve the current problems?

  • bs101fly Jan 22, 2009

    "What a complicated task the Board is facing. Kudos to all Board members for their hard work on behalf of the community."

    Just like a board kisser to comment like that! Give me a break!!! These people make their jobs hard ALL on their own! With Chuck Dulaney at the helm you can forget about anything that is common sense based, it's ALL about skin color and income!!!
    Diversity at ALL cost!!! Including YOUR family!!!!!

  • OhBella Jan 22, 2009

    You can belong to NCAE but they can't do much if you are fired, even without just cause. What the NCAE does to help teachers is to push our agenda with lobbyists. I am not ashamed of that. I am all for managable class sizes, duty free lunch, etc.All big corporations have lobbyists. It's all politics.

  • speedy Jan 22, 2009

    and to answer one of your questions...new schools should service new neighborhoods. why should new construction of schools or housing affect established neighborhoods and established schools? population density and therefore school age kids probably doesn't vary more than a few kids from year to year. establish boundaries that fill a school to capacity AND LEAVE IT ALONE! The only variable that screws that plan is "diversity".

  • speedy Jan 22, 2009

    but thanks for your money, superman.....

  • speedy Jan 22, 2009

    Superman..sorry, but if you don't have kids, you don't have a dog in this fight. You can't understand the nuances unless you're knee deep in it.

  • tobis19341 Jan 22, 2009

    jgirl5830 said it best. you can take the poorest dumbest kids from the worst neigborhood and bus to the most affluent school in the country and they wouldn't do any better. it all starts at home and these kids parents don't care they aren't going to either. and educ8or NC is not a non-union state. didn't smithfield just vote to go union i think so

  • lorivalentine1 Jan 22, 2009

    The issue is not the size of the county.. The issue is the citiy of Raleigh contiues to build low cost housing and encourage thousands of low income people to live in specific areas.. then tell the low income people you can not all go to school together because you will not do as well .. The flaw is not in the smaller towns but with the cities that continue to allow all the low income housing to be built in the same area.. ones that can not afford the kids they have now never mind to continue to allow the building to bring more in..

  • UNCWLAW Jan 22, 2009

    Ever heard of the NEA?
    What kind of EDUCATOR does that make you?

  • yellow_hat Jan 22, 2009

    It is WAY past time to split this behemoth in smaller, more managable districts that are responsive to the citizens.

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