Parents speak out against student assignment plan

February 7, 2012 7:46:43 PM PST
The Wake County School Board once again got an earful from angry parents at their meeting Tuesday evening.

Those parents are speaking out against the student assignment plan and calling on board members who are running for state office to step aside.

In the end, some of the board members even indicated they don't like this assignment plan either. School board member Susan Evans said people have it all wrong if they think the new student choice assignment plan is OK with her.

"I've heard it said that us new board members have approved the current student assignment plan, that we've endorsed the current student assignment plan, and honestly, neither statement is true," said Evans.

Tuesday, many parents voiced their complaints about the plan school officials said would give them a choice of schools based on where they live.

"As this plan is playing out, it is dividing neighborhoods and families," said one parent.

"Is it honest to promise choice when most of the choices have almost no available spaces," asked another parent.

One parent even suggested several of the current board members have lost focus.

"We need our school board to be completely focused on our students," said parent Vickie Adamson. "Therefore, I request the school board members running for state level office, step aside and allow the board to appoint new members that are focused."

Several of the newer board members vowed to make changes to the plan if necessary.

"And I just want to assure those families that I'm taking those concerns very seriously and that we will be trying to make some determination of how we can handle that," said Evans.

"I really would like to see us develop a control to make sure that we have no drastic changes from this year to the next," said board member Dr Jim Martin.

Also a possible concern for parents was a new bell schedule proposed during Tuesday's work session.

School board members are considering changing start times. Most would be changed by just a few minutes. While others would change more drastically. It's a move board members say could save the school system $10 million in transportation costs.

Officials said they will put information on the Wake County School's website for parents and then ask for their feedback so the board can vote on that in early March.

Also at the meeting, board members approved the sale of property on Noble Road by an 8 to 1 margin.

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