Board discusses reassignment after conflict

WAKE COUNTY Wake Board Vice-Chair Debra Goldman's about face vote earlier this month stopped the construction zone based community assignments in its tracks.

She says she is still for community schools, but while the board is using the current school assignment for next school year, she and other members of the majority raised concerns that some students may not be going to schools close to home.

"As we're talking about being mindful of proximity and stability and moving kids," Goldman said. "Are we moving them for proximity as these new schools open?"

"We have a brand new school and the kids in the area don't get to partake in the new school," School Board Member Deborah Pricket said.

Many members of the board minority have said they felt left out of big decisions made by the majority of the board when it came to a new student assignment plan.

School Board Member Kevin Hill says working together means everyone should feel included in the process.

"I think it's incumbent upon us to find a way to work together," he said.

There still needs to be some more discussion by the board. But as far as a new plan beyond next school year, the two sides say they can work together but each still has concerns.

"My overwhelming concern is that as a school board we will build a plan that we cannot afford to fully implement and that's what we're seeing happening in other districts in the state," Hill said.

In the meantime as far as changing some school assignments for next year, there will be community meetings before anything is final.

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