Wake County discontinuing school waiting lists Thursday

Wake County school administrators are moving up by more than a month the date they’ll discontinue the waiting lists for families who still hope to get into schools they were turned down for next school year.

Wake has historically processed waiting lists twice – in April and in June – for the students who didn’t get their first choice when they applied to an early college, magnet school or calendar-option school, or requested a transfer. But the second processing date was moved from June to Thursday, at which point the waiting lists will be disbanded for those who haven’t gotten what they wanted.

Laura Evans, Wake’ senior director for student assignment, said moving up the date will let parents know sooner if they’ve been placed in the school they wanted. It will also help schools know sooner for planning and hiring for the new school year. Schools get money for teachers based on the number of students.

Evans said staff also wanted to complete the processing of the waiting lists before the final transfer application period starts Friday.

Wake’s website was updated Tuesday to remove references to the waiting lists being processed and dissolved in June.