It's the third plan change in three years and and its approval didn't come without vigorous debate.
"I am diametrically opposed to this whole process," said board member Debra Goldman. "I feel we're hurrying through this. The way it was quick to stop the choice plan before one year."
"This proposal is a wonderful compromise," said board member Susan Evans.
The school district said the changes in the latest revision will only impact about 1 percent of students or about 1,500 children. It's intended to be a temporary plan that's needed because the district is adding three new schools.
The board still has to come up with a long-term plan for two years from now.
Republicans and Democrats on the board have tussled continuously in recent years over the assignment plan issue.
Republicans elected to the board in late 2009 approved a plan that did away with the district's old policy of assigning students based on socioeconomic diversity in favor of sending students to schools closer to their homes.
Under the plan, every student will be assigned to a school based on his or her home address. To offer continued stability for families, the plan includes minimal reassignments, as well as the opportunity for students to stay with their current schools.
The plan offers sibling priority and families also will have options for traditional-calendar schools and year-round schools.
Beginning Dec. 12, any student who enrolls for the first time, or moves from another Wake County address will be assigned to a school based on this new assignment plan.
The school board will hold four upcoming information sessions on the plan:
- Thursday, December 13 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Salem Elementary School, 6116 Old Jenks Road, Apex
- Monday, December 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wildwood Forest Elementary School, 8401 Wild Wood Forest Drive, Raleigh
- Tuesday, December 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
East Garner Elementary School, 5545 Jones Sausage Road, Garner
- Wednesday, December 19 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Joyner Elementary School, 2300 Lowden Street, Raleigh
The board also named Dr. Stephen Gainey as Interim Superintendent of the Wake County Public School System until a permanent superintendent is named. Gainey has served as Acting Superintendent since Sept. 25. The board will conduct a search for a permanent superintendent for the school system.