Tonight is your only opportunity to speak in front of the whole Wake County school board on the draft 2015-16 student assignment proposal.
In prior years, the school system held multiple public hearings during the period between when the final draft plan was presented to the school board and when the board voted on the proposal. This year, the school board is only having one hearing and putting it in as part of a regular board meeting.
The hearing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the school board’s meeting room, 5625 Dillard Drive in Cary. It could potentially be a long night.
School administrators said it was unnecessary to hold multiple board hearings because of the new way the assignment proposal was developed this year. Administrators cited how they’ve received thousands of comments on the Envision Wake MindMixer website, allowing for two-way interaction since the first draft was presented in August. There were also the four community meetings held with staff in October.
In the past, administrators said the process would have been one-way only with staff and the board not responding directly to parental comments.
We’re currently looking at a plan that could reassign 2,734 current students, not including rising sixth- and ninth-graders whose secondary assignments could change.