Mills Park families gave the Wake County school board a loud cheer on Tuesday night after members picked a third option for dealing with crowding at the two Cary schools without converting them to year-round or adding 21 trailers.
The third option will result in Mills Park Elementary School getting one new trailer and Mills Park Middle School getting four more trailers, with a total cost of $530,000. The plan still leaves both schools over capacity so enrollment caps are being left in place at both schools. The cap is also expanding at the middle school.
Families already living the base attendance area for Mills Parks Middle’s four feeder elementary schools – Alston Ridge, Brier Creek, Highcroft and Mills Park – are guaranteed a spot in sixth-grade unless they move. But student assignment will set a cap limit on the number of sixth-grade students at the school so people who don’t already live in the attendance area for the feeder schools face being sent to West Cary Middle School once the cap total is hit.
Several Mills Park parents thanked the board for their decision.
“I want to thank you as a citizen and a member of the Mills Park community for listening, for going back to the drawing board,” said Mills Park parent Susan Stines. “Clearly this is an issue that is very important to us. We’re heartened by your approach.”
School board member Susan Evans, who represents Mills Park, also got applause from the audience when fellow board member Zora Felton thanked her for her efforts in bringing about the new third option.