Wake releases school assignment proposal

WAKE COUNTY Board members voted during Wednesday's work session on nearly 100 changes to nodes in the school system's three-year assignment plan. The changes would go into effect this fall.

For a complete list of school assignment changes, visit Wake County school's website www.wcpss.net

A group of parents who voted for the new majority, hoping to send their children to schools closer to home, say the board didn't go far enough.

The Cary parents told ABC11 that for the past three years, they have had to send their children to a middle school that is 45 minutes away.

Parent Jennifer Duerr is one of several residents the Carpenter Village neighborhood who watched the live video stream of the school board's work session.

"We sat around our laptops from 5 p.m.," Duerr said. "About 8 p.m., they finally brought up Carpenter Village."

And when they did, Duerr says the conversation quickly turned negative, based on wrong information.

"They were misrepresenting what we were asking and saying, 'Oh we can't fit them in Green Hope, because it's over capacity.' Yet again, we already go there," Duerr said. "We were screaming at our laptops."

The families say they voted-in the new majority at the school board with the hope that they would have an option to send their children to a middle school in their neighborhood. They've been to each of the five community forums, and say they've e-mailed several board members explaining their needs.

"You're a no-brainer," Duerr said. "That was the feedback we were getting from the board members all through this process, and it seems as time goes on, we just keep continue to get ... we're forgotten. Very, very frustrating."

School board member Debra Goldman says she understands their frustration.

"Please understand that we hear you, we are listening," Goldman said. "I heard you, I understand."

Goldman says most of the changes made Wednesday night were to stop students from being transferred under the existing three-year assignment plan.

She hopes the Carpenter Village families will get the options they're hoping for when the board develops their plan for community-based schools.

"This is something that should be addressed in that plan and give these families and these students a home," Goldman said.

Goldman also says that they are trying to avoid making changes that would result in multiple student transfers once the big plan is in place.

The Carpenter Village families say they've waited long enough and need to see changes now.

The board will vote on the changes at its next meeting on Tuesday.

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