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Some Wake Parents Upset Over Reassignment Plan

Posted January 24, 2005 4:50 a.m. EST

— A school reassignment proposal has struck a nerve in Wakefield Plantation.

The parents want to keep their kids close to their homes, but Wakefield Elementary School is over capacity, so the Wake County School Board is proposing to move 150 Wakefield students to a modular school nearly nine miles away.

"I moved away and came back and specifically chose this area to raise my children and send them to school and I'm so disappointed with what's going on with us," said Donna Soluri, a parent of one of the children affected.

The new modular school would be built at the DuBois Community Center in Wake Forest. The move would last two years, while a new school is built in the neighborhood.

"I have a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old that would be in three schools in a three-year period," said David Hegel. "It's unacceptable, to me as a parent."

What is also unacceptable to the parents is the longer travel time for the kids, which they estimate to be a 45-minute bus ride to the proposed temporary school site.

Parents say there are other options much closer to home.

"Property has been offered to the school board that's free and we want to know why that property has not been considered," Soluri said.

Parents have two weeks to respond to the plan before it goes to the school board. The school system said it does have to work on communicating better with real estate agents and developers.

Children may not go to the closest school, but 85 percent of students are assigned to a base school within five miles of their home.