Community Meetings To Discuss Wake School Growth
Posted November 9, 2006 8:26 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Wake County Public School System Thursday announced a series of community engagement meetings about the upcoming student assignment process.
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The meetings, school leaders say, will be an opportunity for parents and the public to learn more about the challenges of accommodating the projected growth in the school system.
"At the meetings, people will be able to ask questions, raise concerns and suggest actions that might help maintain healthy school populations and avoid overcrowding schools," said Chuck Dulaney, assistant superintendent for growth and planning.
The meetings will provide families the opportunity to hear the most current information used in making decisions on school construction and student assignment, as well as an opportunity to provide input into the development of new plans.
The school system will hold three community engagement meetings in November:7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 20 at Leesville Road High, 8409 Leesville Road, Raleigh 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 27 at Knightdale High School, 100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 at Middle Creek High School, 123 Middle Creek Park Avenue, Apex
A draft of the school system's growth management proposal will also be available for review and public comment on the school district Web site on Dec. 8. Suggestions regarding the draft will be accepted until early January.
School enrollment for 2006-07 grew to 128,072, an increase of 7,500 students over the previous year. Projections indicate this is the first of six years with enrollment increases of 7,000 to 9,000 students a year.
The meetings come on the heel of a controversial $970 million school construction bond that won voter approval earlier this week. School and community leaders vowed Wednesday to continue to work with and listen to bond opponents on growth issues and ways to accommodate the school system's growing population.