Last public forum held on Wake Schools assignment policy

Posted February 25, 2010 9:41 p.m. EST

Wake County Public School System

— Parents packed the auditorium at Panther Creek High School Thursday night for the last of five public forums about Wake County School's students assignment policy and other issues.

The school district assigns students so that no school has more than 40 percent of students receiving free or reduced-price lunches. Students are reassigned each year to maintain that level, as well as to fill new schools and relieve overcrowding.

At least five of the school board's nine members have indicated that they plan to end the practice, which can involve busing students to schools farther from their homes, in favor of neighborhood schools.

Most parents at Thursday's meeting complained about their students being bused to school far from home.

Parents also expressed interest in more traditional calendar options.

Input from the meetings will be used in deciding which schools should undergo calendar conversations.