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Public Comment Period Ends Soon For Wake Reassignment Plan

Posted March 14, 2005 8:30 a.m. EST

— Wake County parents will no doubt have plenty to say at a meeting Monday night on reassignment. The meeting at Sanderson High School marks the last time parents can address the school board face-to-face before it puts the plan to a vote.

As it stands now, 2,200 elementary school students would change schools due to crowded conditions. This year's plan is unique because it includes three modular elementary schools. One in particular has ignited a firestorm of protest.

These parents are upset about the board's decision to go ahead with a temporary modular school at the Dubois Center campus in Wake Forest. Parents say the site is too far from home, and crime in the area is too high. The controversy has been a topic of many meetings. School board members will likely hear their concerns again at tonight's public hearing.

Wake County school system officials say these public hearings have been crucial to shaping their student reassignment plan.

Parental input from community engagement meetings last fall led to changes in Wake County's reassignment plan. The school system also received hundreds of e-mails, letters and phone calls during a two-week comment period.

Those suggestions also helped shape the current plan. So when parents voice their concerns to the Wake County school board tonight, the plan may change yet again.

The hearing begins at 6 p.m. Sanderson High is located at

5500 Dixon Drive

in Raleigh.

The public is asked to sign up to speak at the hearing. You can sign up on-line at


, or by calling the system's Customer Service Center at 850-1600.

If you can't make Monday night's hearing, you can still

comment by e-mail

or by calling the schools' hotline number at 501-7998 by 5 p.m. Tuesday. The board wants to have time to review all the input before it finalizes the plan in early April.