The second hearing of five, comes after nearly 40,000 online surveys on the issue were returned to the board late last month.
Several people signed up to speak Thursday and it seemed most of them wanted to talk about the system's diversity policy instead of year-round schools.
"We are not an elite group of parents looking for something extra, we are just parents looking for the most appropriate way to educate our children. Cary resident Kevin Polin said.
Polin was one of several Cary residents who made the drive to tell board members what they think about busing students to schools outside of their communities.
"It seems for some reason Carpenter Village has been singled out to attend a local elementary and high school, but forced to attend a non-local middle school," he said.
Others urged board members to keep existing policies and find ways to make them better.
"Use the money to improve on the policies that you have," Raleigh resident Sharon Pittman said.
School board members decided to hold the second public hearing at Southeast Raleigh High School.
School Board Member Keith Sutton had called for the forum after discovering that many economically disadvantaged families in the area didn't participate in the survey.
"I would have loved to have seen this auditorium packed the gills and standing room only, but this is a district I represent and I hear lots of folks every day," Sutton said.
Three more public hearings are left.
The rest of the meetings will be held at the same times at:
- Heritage HS - February 18
- Leesville Rd HS - February 23
- Panther Creek HS - February 25