Wake moving forward with assignment plan

October 21, 2011 10:26:22 AM PDT
With the new Wake County student assignment plan now approved, the district is now moving forward to implement it.

Superintendent Tony Tata thanked school board members Friday for passing the plan earlier this week.

He said that as promised last spring, the plan met the deadline of coming to a vote by October. However, he added there is still a lot of work to be done.

Just last week, the district sent information out to school employees talking about the plan so that they could answer questions that parents might have.

On Monday, they started training for data managers and school registrars. And on the night the plan was approved, they sent out letters to schools to in turn deliver to parents.

Tata said next week, they will start using tools to help parents look at choices for elementary schools. Then in December before the choice selection process, they will unveil a more refined tool for parents to use.

"It will show distances from home, seats available, and links to school score cards and it will have a series of helpful information that will be showed," Tata said. "When we showed it to teachers and parents yesterday, one of them said "this tells me everything I need to know."

The superintendent said of course there's already a lot of information available for parents to look over online on the Wake County schools website, www.wcpss.net, but the bottom line is that parents who are happy where they are can stay where they are, and they can stay with their current transportation arrangement.

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