Public hearings set for Wake student assignment proposal
Posted November 26, 2012
Updated December 4, 2012
Cary, N.C. — The Wake County Board of Education will hold three public hearings over the next two weeks on a proposal that would reassign less than 1,500 students for the 2013-14 school year.
The reassignment plan affects less than 1 percent of the Wake County student population, and most of its focus is on filling three new schools in the Rolesville and Wake Forest areas.
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.
The first meeting is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday at Sanderson High School, 5500 Dixon Drive, Raleigh.
Meetings are also scheduled for the same time at Davis Drive Middle School, 2101 Davis Drive, Cary, on Dec. 3 and at Rolesville Middle School, 4700 Burlington Mills Road, Rolesville, on Dec. 5.
Parents who want to speak at the meetings must register in advance on the school system's website or in person an hour before the hearing.
Public comment is also being accepted online.
The school board is expected to vote on the 2013-14 assignment plan on Dec. 11.
It will only be used until a permanent plan is created for the 2014-15 school year.
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.