Some Cary families got good news Tuesday, while other parents still face having their children moved to a new Wake County school next year.
But also on Tuesday, Cary Park families learned that student assignment staff are standing by their recommendation from the first draft to move some children from Mills Park Elementary to the new Hortons Creek Elementary. Both of the Mills Park schools are popular and crowded.
“This draft not only tears away children from teachers who know them and know of their younger siblings as well, but it splits families away from our Cary Park neighborhood and community,” parent Gloria Garver told school board members Tuesday.
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The student assignment plan is largely focused on filling three new schools opening in 2017: River Bend Middle and Rogers Lane Elementary in Raleigh and Hortons Creek Elementary in Cary. Parents provided feedback on an online forum and at school board meetings.
Dozens of people from Cary Park attended Tuesday’s board meeting carrying signs saying “Keep Cary Park Kids Together at Mills Park.” Speakers noted how they’ll be able to participate in Wednesday’s National Walk to School Day because they’re 0.6 miles from Mills Park Elementary, compared to 3.2 miles from Hortons Creek.
“There are more logical solutions which adhere to current policies which prioritize the children and prioritize keeping them in the immediate vicinity of the school,” Garver said.
Southerlyn families were more successful in their efforts to get changes made.
Southerlyn wasn’t in the first draft as students were set to stay at Salem Middle School in Apex. But residents said it’s unfair that their children can’t go to Mills Park Middle when the adjoining communities are assigned to the school.
Staff also listened to parents when they recommended a new change Tuesday to have Hortons Creek Elementary replace Weatherstone Elementary as one of the traditional-calendar options for families assigned to the year-round calendar at Alston Ridge Elementary.
Administrators say that further board discussion will be needed on which schools to use as the year-round calendar option for Hortons Creek Elementary, especially if Alston Ridge Elementary is converted to a traditional calendar when the nearby middle school opens in 2019.
Community meetings on the assignment proposal will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Beaverdam Elementary School, 3591 Tarheel Club Road in Raleigh, and Oct. 11 at Alston Ridge Elementary, 11555 Green Level Church Road in Cary.
After more feedback a final draft will be presented to the school board in November. After more meetings, a vote is expected in December.
View the student assignment proposal
Go to wcpss.net/enrollmentproposal to view the draft 2017-18 student assignment plan and to provide comments on an online forum.