The case of 32 students at Laurel Park Elementary School in Apex who face loss of bus service next year is testing how much Wake County school leaders want to do to provide assignment stability to families.
The Haddon Hall community in Apex currently has Baucom Elementary School as its base elementary school. Since Baucom is on the traditional calendar, families have been able to attend, with bus service, either Laurel Park or Salem elementary schools as their year-round calendar options.
But assignment staff want Salem Elementary to become Haddon Hall’s new base school next school year. The change would have many different effects, including the loss of bus service if the Haddon Hall students want to grandfather at Laurel Park since they’d now be getting a year-round school as their base assignment.
After losing Tuesday’s work-session vote to keep Baucom as Haddon Hall’s base school, school board member Susan Evans made a pitch to help the “working families” at Laurel Park.
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Evans asked for a new grandfathering rule in which if a base assignment gets changed from a traditional calendar to a year-round calendar that the school that was previously a year-round calendar option be afforded grandfathering with transportation.
But Laura Evans, senior director of student assignment, said she’d want to see how many families around the county might be impacted by the proposed grandfathering rule. Susan Evans responded she’d already asked for the information three times without getting an answer.
Laura Evans said she’ll report the information on the number of students impacted at the Dec. 2 work session. The board is scheduled to vote on the 2015-16 student assignment plan at its regular meeting that day.