Wake County Schools

Proposed 2013-14 plan keeps Wake schools reassignments low

Posted November 13, 2012
Updated November 14, 2012

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— Wake County Public School System staff presented the Board of Education Tuesday with its proposed temporary student assignment plan for the 2013-14 school year that reassigns less than 1 percent of the school system's student population.

Minimizing reassignments and creating stability for Wake County families was one of the goals of the school board when it directed staff to change the current controlled-choice plan in June.

The staff presented a plan to the board Tuesday that would reassign 1,479 students.

The 2013-14 assignment plan, which will only remain in place for one year while a permanent plan is created for 2014-15, focuses primarily on filling three new schools in the Rolesville and Wake Forest areas.

"I think we saw with the choice plan, that was not going to happen," said board Chair Kevin Hill.

Another challenge facing the school system is capacity, as the student population continues to grow year after year. About three dozen schools face enrollment caps, which could force children to schools further away from home. A grandfather provision in the proposal could further reduce the number of reassignments.

"We have to face the reality (that) certain school can not absorb all the people in their base area," said board member Susan Evans.

Board member Debra Goldman, however, said tweaking the current plan would have been better than creating a new proposal.

"We should have been keeping the choice plan, building upon that, tweaking and making changes where we need to," she said. Wake school board wants stability in 2013-14 student assignment Wake school board wants stability in 2013-14 student assignment

Board members agreed that no amount of reassignments should be taken lightly.

"If you are one of those 1,500 (families), it is critical to you," Goldman said. 

"We intend to look at this very, very closely – regardless of the number of families who may be impacted by this," Hill said.

Parents are invited to weigh in on the proposal during three public comment sessions:

  • Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Sanderson High School in Raleigh
  • Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Davis Drive Middle School in Cary
  • Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Rolesville Middle School in Rolesville

In June, the school board voted in favor of changing the district's current three-year plan, which is less than a year old, in an effort to improve upon it.

Under a board directive, school system staff developed the proposed plan so that it combines elements of the current "controlled-choice plan," in which parents have more input into where their children go to school, and a neighborhood model that links each Wake County address with a base elementary, middle and high school.

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  • kay121 Nov 14, 6:25 p.m.

    well, I found the address look-up for our base school for next year and we're in the reassigned area and it's...not very good. Doesn't really make a whole lot of sense other than they have to fill all the rolesville schools, so it's covering a huge area geographically.
    Not complaining since it'll be changed again the following year, but still seems really off.

  • NiceNSmooth Nov 14, 12:40 p.m.

    My parents paid for my education and were involved, I took care and paid for my children and was involved. We did not expect someone else to pay our way

    and parents today pay for their childrens "education, bussing, breakfast, snaks, & lunch" when they pay their property taxes!!!

  • WooHoo2You Nov 14, 12:21 p.m.

    It is past time for the school system to be run by "private Business". the nonsence will be ended, a private will take control and the whinning will be over.- pappybigtuna1

    Like privately run prisons that have higher ‘incident rates’ and their customers…err inmates just happen to stay much much longer than government run prisons and have a higher cost per person. BTW, how are those private DMV offices doing again….

  • pappybigtuna1 Nov 14, 12:17 p.m.

    the focus is on the parents, what will make them happy; IT IS NOT ON EDUCATION OF THE CHILDREN

    If the children were put in a shack in a swamp, they would learn it is the parents complaining and belly acking

    My parents paid for my education and were involved, I took care and paid for my children and was involved. We did not expect someone else to pay our way

    What you won't do for yourself you won't do for your children either

  • harmstrong4 Nov 14, 11:28 a.m.

    my my...u guys voted these dweebs in. now lets vote them out. Live with it. ahahhaha

  • NiceNSmooth Nov 14, 11:24 a.m.

    It is past time for the school system to be run by "private Business".

    Hey pappy have you seen the news lately... I recall two private schools closing in the middle of the night and one charter school board that framed the headmaster because he wouldnt go along... private is not alwasy better

    OH.... and who paid for the "mothers milk' when you were in school?

  • pappybigtuna1 Nov 14, 10:34 a.m.

    It is past time for the school system to be run by "private Business". the nonsence will be ended, a private will take control and the whinning will be over.

    The waste will end, education will begin. Thhe parent will be responsible for their own child, no more cry baby parents.

    This is about education, not bussing, breakfast, snaks, & lunch

    Tired of supplying mothers milk to all these belly acking parents

  • NiceNSmooth Nov 14, 10:08 a.m.

    the 1,500 is a lie... when you require mangnet 6th and 9th graders to reapply then you are reassigning the children not allowed to continue on in the program

  • NE Raleigh Nov 14, 10:06 a.m.

    I think the entire board needs to be voted out when their term comes up. Being able to vote only for the election in your district is nonsense. Everyone should be able to vote in when all board seats come up for re-election. If not break up the County wide system. Leaving this as is is nothing short of madness.

  • NiceNSmooth Nov 14, 10:06 a.m.

    The board members are trying to cap popular schools so that it will force parents to think we need more schools built and pass the bond!!!

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