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March 4, 2014

Wake County school board approves enrollment caps and construction agreement

The Wake County school board approved putting enrollment lists for 20 schools that could keep newcomers from attending them this fall if they get too ovecrowded.

The Wake County school board approved Tuesday night enrollment caps on 20 schools for this fall and an agreement on school construction with county commissioners.

The capped schools for the 2014-15 school year are:

• Elementary schools: Alston Ridge, Brooks, Cedar Forks, Combs, Forest Pines, Green, Hodge Road, Holly Grove, Holly Ridge, Holly Springs, Hunter, Jones Dairy, Lacy, Leesville Road, Mills Park, North Ridge and Walnut Creek
• Middle schools: Mills Park
• High schools: Apex, Holly Springs

Click here to view the cap figure for each school and the “overflow” choices for students who are capped out. The board accepted the staff recommendation to drop Highcroft Elementary School as an overflow choice for Mills Park Elementary.

Before the vote, parents from Highcroft Elementary held a rally outside the school board offices asking that a new 8-classroom modular unit not be moved on campus.

During the vote, school board member Susan Evans asked staff to consider the request from Highcroft parents to create spot nodes to deal with the new subdivisions popping up around the Cary school that haven’t sold lots yet. We’ll see what staff recommends later this year in the new multi-year assignment plan.

After the last closed session of the evening, the school board approved the new construction agreement with the commissioners in which they’ll work more collaboratively on school construction issues. In return, the commissioners will give up their efforts to take over school construction.

The commissioners are set to vote on the agreement on March 17.

The leaders of both boards will write a joint letter asking state legislators not to move forward on any bills that would remove construction authority from the school board and hand it to the commissioners.

There were no administrative appointments tonight.

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