More than 2,730 students could be reassigned to different schools next year under the final draft of the 2015-16 student assignment proposal presented Tuesday to the Wake County school board.
Student assignment staffers say that while the proposal affects 2,734 current students, as many as 1,585 would be eligible for “grandfathering,” in which they could stay at their current school if families provide their own transportation. In previous years. Wake has reassigned more than 10,000 students annually. Wake has 155,000 students.
“It’s less than 2 percent of our student population,” said Laura Evans, senior director of student assignment.
But administrators are using different methods to calculate the number of students they describe as being affected. Wake is only counting those who are currently enrolled in the district who could be sent to a different school from the one they now attend.
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Wake isn’t counting rising sixth- and ninth-graders in the proposal because they’re not attending middle or high school now. Wake is also no longer projecting how many rising kindergarten students could be affected. Under the new plan, these students would attend different schools from those they had been projected to attend.
The third and final draft represents months of work to develop a proposal that focuses primarily on filling three new schools, reducing crowding at existing schools and reducing the number of families with children on different calendars. The plan mostly affects Apex, North Raleigh and Wake Forest.
“It’s all about growth,” Evans said. “We’re a growing school district.”
Administrators said the first draft presented in August affected 3,101 students. But after receiving parental feedback, planners have made numerous changes.
Changes since the second draft was presented in October include:
• Cleaning up errors where the new computer program inadvertently split neighborhoods.
• Sending the Pemberly, Miramonte and Reunion Park neighborhoods to Apex Friendship High.
• Dropping reassignment of the Shepherds Vineyard, Buckingham, Sterling at Buckingham and MacGregor West communities to Baucom Elementary and Seagroves Farm to Apex Elementary.
This draft originally affected 2,902 students but fell to 2,734 Tuesday after the board dropped reassignment of students from Enloe High School to Southeast Raleigh High.
The board will hold a public hearing on the proposal at its Nov. 18 meeting, discuss it again at a Nov. 25 work session, then likely take final vote Dec. 2.