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Clerical error keeps Cary girl from magnet program

Posted May 29, 2009
Updated May 30, 2009

A Cary girl was disappointed when, her parents say, a school district error denied her a place in a highly coveted program.

Leila Beikmohamadi, 12, was looking forward to switching schools next fall, when she will enter eighth grade.

Earlier this spring, Leila got a letter of acceptance to the gifted and talented magnet program at Martin Middle School. Two months later, Wake school officials called Leila's parents. Her acceptance was a mistake. She does not have a place in the class.

Girl accepted, then rejected by magnet program Girl accepted, then rejected by magnet program

“We're upset, because we planned based on what we were told,” her father, Allan, said.

To start the application process, Leila, who attends a charter school, first had to register at her base school, Reedy Creek Middle School.

Someone there hit the wrong key and entered Leila as a sixth-grader instead of an eighth-grader. Martin Middle School only had room for sixth graders in its magnet program.

“Unfortunately, there was a human error,” Michael Evans, school district spokesman, said.

Even without the error, Martin had no space for Leila.

“No seventh- or eighth- graders were accepted into Martin, so at this point, even if she applied as an eighth-grader, she would not have been accepted,” Evans said.

The Beikmohamadis think – error or no error – the school district should uphold its promise to Leila.

“The organization I work for, we make a mistake, we honor it,” Allan Beikmohamadi said. He hopes Wake schools will do the same.

Evans said the family can appeal the decision before the school board.

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  • jlh4jdj May 29, 2009

    I can't agree more that the school system should honor it's mistake. I mean if they can't honor a mistake then how do they expect student's to do what they should. I mean the schools have to be careful people might mistake them for politicians.

  • speedy May 29, 2009

    I had a kindergartner for 5 years according to their system. Screw-ed out of 5 years of applications! Apparently kids don't age unless they're in their system.

  • lolly May 29, 2009

    I agree with grenlyn and kilquian - WCPSS should do the honorable thing - keep it promise.

  • grenlyn1 May 29, 2009

    It is sad that the board of education admits an error and still won't honor it. What kind of message does this send this student? Think about it.

  • Thought Criminal WS May 29, 2009

    The right thing to do would be to honor it. The educational system should set an example, else the real life lesson they teach might be that it's okay to break contracts.