Wake County school selection process begins

March 19, 2012 3:55:34 PM PDT
Parents can now begin making school choices for students in the Wake County School System.

It's the culmination of a turbulent student reassignment debate which district leaders say is designed to strike a balance between neighborhood schools and diversity.

While that is still up for debate, the school choice selections began Tuesday afternoon.

Click here to learn more on the Wake County schools web site.

After the site went live, Superintendent Tony Tata called a news conference calling it a success so far. More than 2,200 families made their school choice in the first 60 minutes online. There was so much traffic all at once that some parents couldn't get on the site.

"Right out of the gate, there was a surge of folks who hit send and that created a bit of hangtime," said Tata.

Tata insists the site's working smoothly now.

Parents can request which school and feeder pattern they want. The choice selection process runs until Feb. 24 and then again from March 19 to April 9.

If parents are happy with their child's current school and like their feeder pattern, they do not need to do anything.

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