Nodes are becoming a thing of the past in the world of Wake County student assignment.
For decades, the school district divided the county into geographic areas called nodes for student assignment purposes. There are 1,329 nodes in the county, according to Laura Evans, Wake’s senior director of student assignment.
But starting with the draft student assignment proposal for the 2015-16 school year, Wake is now using residential parcels for assignment purposes with the help of N.C. State’s Operations Research and Education Library (ORED). Evans said there are 350,000 parcels in the county.
The division of the county into smaller areas is supposed to allow Wake to do a better job with things such as keeping neighborhoods and subdivisions together.