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Wake County School Board Presents Compromise Plan

Posted April 8, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Achieving racial balance and easing school overcrowding in Wake County has proven to be quite a difficult task for the school board. Parents and board members clashed in a public meeting Monday night. But at its regular Tuesday meeting the board came up with a surprising compromise that should please many parents.

The compromise plan is designed to improve diversity at year-round schools, but will require far less moving of students than the original plan. According to the reworked plan, students will still be base-assigned to year-round schools, but can refuse that assignment if they so desire. In most cases, students will remain in their current schools.

Under the original proposal, most would have been sent to a new traditional school farther from their homes if they had refused their year-round school proposal.

Now, many parents will have the option to allow their kids to stay where they are if that's what they want, or they can choose to have their children attend a year-round school.

In terms of the overcrowding issue, the board has decided to cap four schools: Apex High, Davis Drive Middle and Elementary, and East Cary Middle Schools. That decision means that, after May 2, 1997, anyone who moves into newly built homes in those school zones will attend a different school.

The overall plan affects about 2,000 students. At least one parent who attended the Tuesday session says he thinks this is a plan he can live with.