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Wake to release school assignment plan Saturday

It marks the first time district officials have tried to forecast student assignments for more than one year.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Wake County school officials will unveil a draft of the district's multiyear student assignment plan on Saturday morning.

The proposal is the first time district officials have tried to forecast student assignments for more than one year. Officials said they want to reduce the year-to-year uncertainty for families and provide better-defined feeder patterns from elementary to middle schools and middle schools to high schools.

The draft is based on the opening of schools that are in the school construction program. Ten schools are scheduled to open during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years.

The second and third years in the student assignment plan are linked to schools opening in those years and are contingent upon capital funding and enrollment growth.

The nationwide credit crunch has caused county officials to look at delaying some school construction projects because the county has been unable to sell the bonds needed to pay for the projects.

District staff met with teachers, principals and parents from schools that would be impacted by the opening of schools, gathering feedback in developing the initial proposal. Unlike last year's reassignment plan, which included only elementary school students, this proposal will affect students at the elementary, middle and high school levels, officials said.

The district will post the draft on its Web site at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Five community meetings will be held for people to comment on the proposal. Those are:

  • Nov. 20 – Knightdale High, 100 Bryan Chalk Lane in Knightdale
  • Dec. 1 – Cary High, 638 Walnut St. in Cary
  • Dec. 3 – Wake Forest-Rolesville High, 420 W. Stadium Drive in Wake Forest
  • Dec. 4 – Holly Springs High, 5329 Cass Holt Road in Holly Springs
  • Dec. 8 – Broughton High, 723 St. Mary's St. in Raleigh

The meetings will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the auditorium of each high school.

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