Wake school leaders discuss proposed enrollment plan
Posted August 19, 2014 5:02 p.m. EDT
Updated August 19, 2014 5:42 p.m. EDT
Cary, N.C. — Wake school leaders are considering a student enrollment plan that would adjust the attendance zones of current schools to alleviate overcrowding and help fill 17 new schools the district plans to build over the next four years.
The plan would affect 36 elementary schools, 16 middle schools and 11 high schools. A number of affected schools are in southwestern Wake County, including Apex and Holly Springs.
Some schools would be impacted more than others. For example, part of the attendance zones for Brassfield, Durant Road, Green and Wildwood Forest elementary schools would be switched to Abbots Creek Elementary, which is scheduled to open in 2015. Millbrook High School’s attendance zone would expand to include students originally slated for Broughton, Enloe and Wakefield high schools.
The plan comes as the district is projected to grow by over 18,000 students over the next four years. To address the influx of students, three schools are scheduled to open in 2015 (two elementary, one high), five in 2016 (four elementary, one middle), six in 2017 (five elementary, one high) and three in 2018 (two middle, one high).
Tuesday’s proposal is the fourth in recent years that would change where students learn in Wake County. The school board passed a controversial student assignment plan in 2012 that tied school assignments to a student’s home address but allowed families to keep their children in their current schools.
Other aspects of the proposal:
- Utilizes the district’s move to base school assignments on smaller parcels, which would help keep students in or close to their neighborhoods and make it easier to assign students to new schools.
- Would match up the calendars of feeder schools. For example, a child may attend an elementary school on a traditional calendar, but then go to a year-round middle school. The proposed plan would sync feeder schools under one calendar, school officials said.
- Allows families to “grandfather” their children to remain at their current school. Younger siblings of grandfathered students can also attend the same school as their older sibling. But these students would be considered transfer students and would not be eligible for school bus transportation.
"We are working hard to make good decisions, to get good data," school board chairwoman Christine Kushner said. "The more data we have, the better decisions we will be able to make as a school board."
Public hearings are scheduled for September, October and November to solicit input on the proposal. Board members expect to approve the plan in December.