Wake school officials hope to ease overcrowding at Enloe High School by reassigning some neighborhoods to Southeast Raleigh High School.
Wake County school officials on Tuesday revealed the second draft of a student assignment plan that would make some neighborhood-level changes throughout Raleigh.
The changes mostly are small, such as making sure families on a particular street within a subdivision aren’t inadvertently excluded from the same assignment pattern as other nearby families or rearranging a school’s calendar options.
Those tweaks include bringing small sections of the Rosalyn Place, Maplewood Forest and Deblyn Park subdivisions into alignment with the rest of their neighborhoods.
The plan would also make changes to the base attendance area for Enloe High School in order to reduce crowding. In the first draft of the plan, school administrators had moved the area east of Conn Elementary to Millbrook High but nixed the idea after parents expressed concerns about it.
In the second draft, the southern portion of the Enloe attendance area outside of the Beltline would be moved to Southeast Raleigh.
The second draft also would assign a portion of East Millbrook Middle’s attendance to Durant Road Middle. East Millbrook would be the calendar option for Durant, though, meaning those affected students would be able to stay at East Millbrook if they wanted.
As a fast-growing district of 155,000 students, Wake County historically has reassigned thousands of students each year.
But administrators said they were still unable to provide a figure on how many students could be moved in the newest version of the plan, or if the number of students affected was larger or smaller than the first draft.
Laura Evans, Wake’s senior director of student assignment, said they hesitated to release numbers that could prove significantly off-base as the draft plan changes in the coming months.
Wake will begin a series of community meetings about the plan on Thursday, and families also can comment online. Along with the updated draft comes an updated online address look-up tool that families can use to find out precisely how they are affected.
Cathy Moore, deputy superintendent, said it’s critical to give families many chances to weigh in on the plan.
“I think that’s what parents want: the opportunity to express concerns,” she said.
In August, staff unveiled the first draft of the plan that they say focuses primarily on filling 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.
The proposal drew more than 4,000 responses on the district’s assignment website ranging from complaints to praises.
School officials plan to release a third draft in November, which will be followed by public hearings. The school board is expected to vote on the plan in December.