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Parent of reassigned student: I'm not happy but we adjust

Posted August 19, 2015
Updated August 20, 2015

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— Assignments are about to shuffle again for some Wake County students after a new reassignment proposal was revealed this week.

Now one Holly Springs family is sharing how a school reassignment has affected their son.

The hit came last year, for the Deshazor Family. Chris Deshazor's son, Jordan, expected to attend Holly Springs High School this Monday, but he was re-assigned to Apex-Friendship High School instead.

“We are traveling past the school where he was going to get to the new school,” said Deshazor.

The reassignment has moved Jordan away from the friends and the community he grew up with.

“He is a little upset about leaving his friends,” said Deshazor. Apex-Friendship is the product of continued growth in student numbers in Wake County.

Most moves in a reassignment proposal slated for the 2016-17 school year are also intended to fill new schools.

“So, we are opening five new schools,” said Wake County Public School System senior director of student assignment, Laura Evans.

Ripple effects will be felt by about 40 schools, many of which are in fast-growing areas in Western Wake County. Other reassignments will ease overcrowding and improve transportation efficiency.

“That is an impact to families,” said school board member, Susan Evans.

Each time these reassignments happen, parents somewhere are not happy. Deshazor protested his child’s move, as other parents may likely do soon.

“We were told no, no, no. We could not stay at the school in which my son was already going,” said Deshazor.

But, he admits, his son's new school is pretty nice and he has heard great things about the principal there.

“I am not happy about it, but we adjust and Jordan will be fine,” said Deshazor.

Next year's reassignment plan is only in its first of three drafts. Public comment will be accepted along the way.


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  • Kiki Caine Aug 20, 2015
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    I have a 5th grader and a 4th grader. They have just been assigned to their 4th different middle school since they entered WCPSS. That doesn't bother me. What bothers me is that the 3 prior middle schools were traditional calendar, and we are now assigned to a year-round middle school. What happened to the promise that all new schools would be traditional? I already have to bring my children in over track out to be able to participate in math club, since the events are coordinated around a traditional calendar. That problem is just going to be aggravated when they are in middle school and shut out of more activities, like sports. I don't mind a new school. I do mind a new calendar.

  • Chris Hall Aug 20, 2015
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    Because of the rest of the state is non-republican controlled? BTW, you must be new to NC because every single year for the last few decades WRAL / NBC 17 / etc has raised holy heck about reassignments every fall regardless if the boards makeup. Not everything is a conspiracy my darling.

  • Ryan Kurtz Aug 20, 2015
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    I just find it amusing in knowing that if this were still the Republican led school board that the title of this article would be something completely different. My guess for the title? "Parents of Reassigned Student: 'I'm not happy'."

  • Wayne R Douglas III Aug 20, 2015
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    That's the point. The Koran is allowed in schools. They allow students to do their prayers to the East, in the schools. The Holy Bible, is not allowed. Morning prayer to God, is not allowed. Saying our nation's pledge, is not allowed. That is not diversity.

  • Tracy Watson Aug 20, 2015
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    Curious where he lives in HSP that he would drive by the high school to get to his new school. The neighborhoods they have moved aren't near the school.

  • Owen Henry Aug 20, 2015
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    You can't claim that it is beneficial to have more diversity in schools and also claim that there is a lack of God in the schools. Part of diversity is religious diversity, not everyone believes in God.

  • John Snow Aug 20, 2015
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    Which god?

  • Wayne R Douglas III Aug 20, 2015
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    It's no wonder that we have a bunch of whining children in schools. Look at how much whining they are learning from their parents. These are the same parents, who voted for racial and economic equality in schools. My daughter had to change schools numerous times, while I served this awesome country. She never attended a private school or a military school. She now has tons of friends, all over the world, not just in the US. She is graduating from Wesleyan College in May. See, changing schools, will make some of these kids MORE friends, from MORE diverse areas, which in turn will help them down the road. If you want to complain about something in schools, complain about the lack of the Pledge of Allegiance and the lack of God, in our schools.

  • Paul Donovan Aug 20, 2015
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    I remember the voters throwing out the school board and subsequently the Superintendent who wanted to implement neighborhood based schools a few years ago. Time to eat your own cooking especially with 15 or so new schools opening next year.

  • Seth Roberts Aug 20, 2015
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    Perhaps this young man has to have his younger sibling dropped off at another school prior to going to Apex Friendship HS. Maybe he has a strange bua route that takes the back route to New Hill to pick up students prior to getting to their destination. A quick tax record search and Google Maps tells me this kid lives in Bridgewater which is in the extreme northern part of Holly Springs. He does appear to be closer to HS high, but he isn't needing to 'drive past his old school' to get to the new Apex Friendship HS. Another good job of reporting misinformation by WRAL.....that is unless he has a need to drive by Harris Lake on the way to school.