Wake Schools reveals feeder patterns

August 31, 2011 8:01:44 PM PDT
Wake County Public Schools held the first of many informational meetings Wednesday about the new school assignment plan.

The school system decided on the choice-based plan after asking parents what they want for their children.

"Do I just want to follow my high schooler or do I want to try and follow the feeder pattern?" parent Kim Keyes asked.

Parents were allowed to submit questions during a student assignment presentation.

"Well, I still think it's pretty confusing to try and figure out how it's going to affect the kids that are currently in school," Keyes said.

Keyes and about 40 others met inside Middle Creek Park High's auditorium to get a better idea of the proposal that will replace a 10-year-old diversity plan. The new proposal allows parents to choose their top three schools.

"I think we're at a good point," said Susan Pullium, Wake Schools Assignment Task Force. "It's really nice to be able to come out at a meeting and share the information."

The biggest update to the plan that was revealed during Wednesday's meeting is a proposed feeder pattern that will follow a child from kindergarten to high school.

Data from an online test drive in June showed parents are more concerned about proximity and calendar type. Maintaining magnet schools also is a priority.

"I have questions about how selection will work for students beyond kindergarten," parent Hardin Engelbardt said.

In the coming months, school leaders hope to address that worry, including questions about overcrowding and changes in transportation costs.

""We're really concerned about the transportation simulation that's currently happening," Pullium said.

Additional community information meetings are scheduled for 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Thursday, September 1 at Wakefield High
  • Wednesday, September 7 at Apex High
  • Thursday, September 8 at Southeast Raleigh High
  • Tuesday, September 13 at Broughton High
  • Thursday, September 15 at East Wake High

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