Wake County Schools

Parents concerned about overcrowded schools in western Wake County

Posted February 28
Updated March 1

— Parents who live in western Wake County say they are worried about a proposal to place enrollment limits on some elementary schools, a plan that could lead to overcrowding at other schools. 

Kerri Eklund has two children that attend Cary's Highcroft Elementary School, a school designated to receive over-flow students. 

To handle the overflow, school officials want to build additional modular classrooms on the Highcroft campus, an idea that has parents concerned. 

"I don't think there are any plans in the works for security camera to be monitoring these modulars on a 27/7 basis while the kids are in school," Eklund said. "So, as a mother of a student who could be out there in those modulars, I am very concerned."

School board member Susan Evans said the county is running behind in their efforts to build additional schools. 

"We know we're running behind with building new facilities, from where we'd like to be, the recession didn't help us any with that," Evans explained. 

Eklund and other parents want school board members to consider assigning new students to schools that have cap space. 

The school board plans to discuss the issue at its upcoming meeting.

 

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  • mw18 Mar 3, 4:33 p.m.

    They keep allowing developers to build high-density housing, like the new tenement/slums that... View More

    — Posted by ncprr1

    While I don't like the idea of the complex, it's very ignorant to call them tenements or slums. ... View More

    — Posted by kikinc

    The development at High House/Davis Dr is a large retirement village (the one with residents already). These people aren't adding to the school over-population and the cost of those places make them FAR from slums!

  • ncprr1 Mar 3, 3:53 p.m.

    The trailers are fine. My kids have been in them and so have I. It's the teachers that are more of a concern.

  • Shamrock Mar 3, 3:39 p.m.

    "I'll continue to ask until I get an answer....what exactly is monitoring modulars on a 27/7 basis? This is my third time posting this question."

    Good gosh. Email the writer of the story. We read the story just like you and don't know what is in the writer's head. If I had to guess, I would go with 24/7. And that means 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • kelsland Mar 3, 1:35 p.m.

    My child has been in a trailer without a security camera all year. I certainly am not whining about it. Sometimes you have to endure less than perfect situations to be at a good school.

  • glarg Mar 3, 1:24 p.m.

    No problem!

    2500 students will be going to private schools so that will address the over crowding problem. Much cheaper than putting up entire new buildings.

  • thargraves Mar 3, 1:09 p.m.

    I believe this school runs on single track (4) schedule... Easy to convert to multi track year round which can handle more students.

  • lyteoflife Mar 3, 12:45 p.m.

    really??? get over it! School systems have been using modulars for a very long time...and as far as cameras....not all schools have cameras and the ones that do do not monitor the entire place. What makes this school any different from the rest of Wake County???!! We all know more schools need to be built....NEXT...

  • Hippy_mom Mar 3, 12:25 p.m.

    There are empty classrooms in eastern Wake.

    — Posted by djofraleigh

    Yeah, but the poor might rub off on them. Just kidding! Just channeling Comedy Central! In all seriousness, it is frustrating to hear the same old argument about crowded schools. Did these folks not anticipate this or do a little research beforehand? Or do they blindly trust real estate agents?

  • JEIAKC Mar 3, 12:16 p.m.

    When you allocate X number of teachers, to educate Y number of students, then Z number of... View More

    — Posted by trianglerelic

    Neat trick, so if you RENT you can't have your child in school? Hmm, slight flaw in thought patterns

  • amdriver12 Mar 3, 12:16 p.m.

    So tons of people move into Cary... complain about their children getting bused to eastern Wake County schools where there is less overcrowding, but then complain about overcrowding in the schools they want their children to go to? These are like the people that move into a new subdivision next to the airport and then complain about the noise from the airport.

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