Parents learn more about Wake assignment plans

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May 31, 2011 8:02:00 PM PDT
Wake County Public Schools held the first three of ten community meetings about two student assignment plans Tuesday night.

The meetings are an opportunity for those who don't have access to a computer to attend and learn about the proposals that are being considered.

There was no question and answer session, but parents were able to see a presentation at Millbrook High School detailing both options.

The Blue Plan is a community-based choice model and the Green Plan builds on the existing assignment system. Both plans have been online for more than a week, but Wake Schools spokesperson Michael Evans says the system wants to make sure the information is accessible to everyone.

Click here to read both plans.

"We were very concerned about the fact that this is totally a web-based application, and there are large segments of our community who don't have access to the internet or have difficulty using it," Evans said.

Parents like Leslie Koscielniak had reviewed the website before visiting Tuesday night's meeting and attended in hopes of learning more.

"Just a more complete understanding," Koscienlniak said. "I want to be more comfortable talking about it."

And that's exactly what the Raleigh mother of two says she got from listening.

"Perhaps hearing it reinforced, what I had read online," she added.

That also was the case for Karena Stetson, who attended the meeting with her 14-year-old son, Joshua. She hoped to gain a better understanding.

"They explained it a lot better than what I read on their website," Stetson said.

Those who attended were asked to share their thoughts either online or on yellow comment cards that were handed out. Some of the questions were addressed by the staffers, but it was a very controlled setting.

"I've sat through many of these type meetings involving schools and so many people come with their emotions and their passions and you hear the same questions and then people get real personal," Koscienlniak said.

Two other meetings took place Tuesday at Enloe High School and Athens Drive. Additional meetings are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Wednesday, June 1 at Panther Creek High
  • Thursday, June 2 at Wake Forest-Rolesville High, Garner Magnet High, Sanderson High, Cary High and Holly Springs High

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