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Tuesday marked the third draft of proposed changes that would affect students at various elementary and middle schools. Heavy focus was placed on schools in Holly Springs.
During the session, board members agreed that certain changes to schools need to be made, but there was not a unanimous decision as to which particular schools would be affected or even how.
A few of the proposed changes outlined in draft three are as follows:
- Proposal to move Parker Pointe subdivision from Lincoln Heights Elementary School to Herbert Akins Elementary School Base
- Proposal to add Holly Springs Elementary School in addition to Holly Grove Elementary School for Buckhorn Creek Elementary School families currently attending Holly Grove
OPTION 1 - PROPOSED CHANGES IN ELEMENTARY TO MIDDLE SCHOOL BASE ASSIGNMENT
Buckhorn Creek Elementary School
- Northeastern area will change from Fuquay-Varina Middle School to Holly Ridge Middle
- Western area will change from Holly Grove Middle to Holly Ridge Middle
- Southern area will change from Holly Grove Middle to Fuquay-Varina Middle
- A small portion of the satellite area will change from Holly Grove Middle to Fuquay-Varina Middle
Herbert Akins Elementary School
- Small portions of Fuquay-Varina Middle will change to Holly Grove MS
- Eastern area will change from Fuquay-Varina MS to Holly Grove MS
- Southern area will change from Fuquay-Varina MS to Holly Grove MS
Holly Springs Elementary School
- Northern area of Holly Springs ES will change from Holly Ridge MS to Lufkin Road MS
- Southern area of Holly Springs ES will change from Holly Ridge MS to Holly Grove MS
Middle Creek Elementary School
- Northwestern area of Middle Creek Elementary School will change from Holly Ridge MS to Lufkin Road MS
Among the biggest critics were parents of students who are proposed to send their elementary children to Buckhorn Creek when the school is slated to open in August 2018 on a traditional calendar.
The board citing parents will end up having to pass Buckhorn Creek to get to their school of choice and selecting proximity as a reason certain students would attend Buckhorn Creek.
In addition, parents are upset Buckhorn Creek will operate on a traditional calendar, while students are currently on a year-round schedule.
"Can we not change the calendar year of Buckhorn Creek?" asked one board member.
According to a voter-approved bond measure in 2013, all but one school slated to open using those bond funds would open on a traditional calendar as opposed to year-round.
The board also said switching Buckhorn Creek ES to a year-round school would cost money and require the district to revise contracts and move up the completion date to early summer 2018.
"It would also mess up the feeder system calendar into middle schools," echoed another board member concerned about the accelerated plan.
"They're not listening to the public," said parent Timothy Manhardt. He was listening to the work session and said, "There are 95 percent or so that (the district) is proposing to move to Buckhorn Creek ... they come from year round."
Manhardt said the district's decisions are negatively impacting thousands of students.
Another work session and board meeting is scheduled for November 21. Prior to that, the board decided in Tuesday's meeting to hold another community meeting to weigh more parental feedback. A final proposal and approval of the 2018-2019 enrollment plan will be voted on during the December 5 board meeting.