There are some winners – both complete and partial – and some losers in the second draft of the 2015-16 Wake County student assignment proposal.
As noted in today’s article, school administrators identified 14 changes made in “direct response” to the parental concerns raised on Mindmixer after the first draft of the plan was released in August. Here’s a summary of the changes:
• Assign most of River Run to Brassfield Elementary School.
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• Align the Wakefield High School attendance area through Falls River with the Wakefield Middle School attendance area.
• Align Apex Friendship High School’s and Apex High School’s bases with N.C. 55 and the planned Southern Wake Expressway (540).
• Keep Waterford Green and Waterford East residents assigned to Penny Road Elementary School. Draft 1 had them reassigned to Apex Elementary School.
• Restore Enloe High School’s base east of Conn Elementary School that was reassigned in Draft 1 to Millbrook High School. Draft 2 has them staying at Enloe and being replaced now by assigning the southern part of Enloe’s base outside the Beltline to Southeast Raleigh High School. This addition to the assignment proposal is the reason why a fourth community meeting will be held at a to be determined date at Southeast Raleigh High.
• Assign a portion of Hunter Elementary School’s base to Leesville Road Elementary School only. Draft 1 had called for assigning part of Hunter’s base to Underwood Elementary School.
• A portion of current East Millbrook School base would be assigned to Durant Road Middle School. Draft 2 would make East Millbrook a calendar option for those students.
• The northwestern portion of the Laurel Park Elementary School base and Salem Middle School base would have calendar options of Davis Drive elementary and middle schools.
• Salem Elementary School’s calendar options would change from Briarcliff and Penny Road elementary schools to Baucom and Scotts Ridge elementary schools.
• Brassfield Elementary School’s calendar options would change from Baileywick and Lead Mine elementary schools to Baileywick and Abbotts Creek elementary schools.
• Durant Road Elementary School’s calendar options would change from Lead Mine and North Ridge elementary schools to Abbots Creek Elementary School.
*Olive Chapel Elementary School’s calendar options would change from Baucom and Apex elementary schools to Baucom and Scotts Ridge elementary schools.
• Laurel Park Elementary School base students would have Salem Middle School as their base middle. Olive Chapel Elementary School base students would have Lufkin Road Middle School as their base middle.
• Apex High School Academy of Information Technology freshmen who live in the Apex Friendship High base would remain at Apex High School. District transportation would not be provided. They would have the option to transfer to their base school – Apex Friendship High – and receive district transportation.
Some examples of full winners include dropping Salem Middle as the new base middle school for Olive Chapel Elementary and Lufkin Road Middle as the new base middle for Laurel Park Elementary.
Examples of partial victories are some of the ones involving the calendar option. For instance, they’re stll proposing reassigning MacArthur Park and other people in the northwestern portion of Laurel Park Elementary School’s base from Davis Drive Middle to Salem Middle School in their efforts to provide calendar alignment.
The difference is that Draft 2 drops Apex Middle School as the traditional-calendar option in favor of Davis Drive Middle. They’d also now get Davis Drive Elementary as a traditional-calendar elementary.
The change means all the students in the affected area now attending Davis Drive Middle not only get to stay but will keep transportation because bus service is provided for calendar-option schools. Younger siblings who want to go to Davis Drive Middle at the same time as their older siblings would get application priority. But everyone else would not be guaranteed a spot, especially if Davis Drive Middle is too full down the road.
In terms of losers, Laura Evans, senior director of student assignment, said some suggested changes couldn’t be made because the data didn’t support the recommendations. An example would be how they left in the second draft most of the Holly Springs neighborhoods proposed for reassignment to Apex Friendship High.
Evans said some changes were deferred because they’d be impacted by the new schools opening in the next few years after 2015.