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:
*Olive Chapel Elementary School’s calendar options would change from Baucom and Apex elementary schools to Baucom and Scotts Ridge elementary schools.
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.