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Wake County Parents Brace for School Reassignment

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RALEIGH — A new Wake County school proposal will moveabout 2,000 students to different schools. Officials say the reassignmentis necessary to fill three new schools.

The plan was presented at the school board's work session Tuesdayafternoon. A public hearing on the plan will be held February 20 at 7p.m. at Sanderson High School.

Students who are high school seniors will not be moved, even if theirschools are affected. But plenty of others will be reassigned.

Wake County Associate Superintendent Ray Massey says as populationincreasesstudents must be moved around in order to keep a balance.

Olive Chapel Elementary will be filled with students transferring fromBaucom, Davis Drive and Apex Magnet elementary schools. Apex High, whichis virtually bursting at the seams, will send 264 students to AthensDrive,which in turn will move 125 students to the new Southeast RaleighMagnet High School and dozens more students to Broughton and Fuquay-VarinaHigh.

Student Assignment Director Linda Batdorf says this sort of decision isnot made lightly.

There are many other changes outlined in the document released Tuesday.Familieswho are affected will be notified by mail this week and can check onchanges at their childrens' schools.

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