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Wake County school board to discuss student assignment plan

Cary Park families attend the Oct. 4, 2016 Wake County school board meeting to ask that students not be moved from Mills Park Elementary School to the new Hortons Creek Elementary School.
Cary Park families attend the Oct. 4, 2016 Wake County school board meeting to ask that students not be moved from Mills Park Elementary School to the new Hortons Creek Elementary School. khui@newsobserver.com

The Wake County school board will deal Tuesday with student assignment, swing space sites, magnet schools and repairs to the Vernon Malone College and Career Academy.

During the work session, staff will bring back answers to questions that board members raised Oct. 18 about the attendance plan for the new Hortons Creek Elementary School in Cary. Some families at Mills Park Elementary have been lobbying against being reassigned to Hortons Creek when it opens in August.

Staff will ask for the board’s guidance on Tuesday on when to present draft three of the 2017-18 student assignment plan. It doesn’t look like the new draft will be presented until after the Nov. 8 school board elections.

During the regular meeting, the board will vote on a revised swing space plan for where and when students from Conn, North Ridge, Stough, Wiley and York elementary schools will be relocated during renovations at their Raleigh campuses.

Under the new plan that got preliminary approval on Oct. 18:

▪ North Ridge Elementary will relocate to a modular campus on Spring Forest Road in Raleigh for the 2018-19 school year instead of the 2019-20 school year;

▪ Wiley Elementary will stick to its original plan to relocate to the Garner High School 9th-Grade Center for the 2018-19 school year;

▪ Conn Elementary will relocate to Spring Forest Road for the 2019-20 school year instead of the 2020-21 school year;

▪ Stough Elementary will relocate in the 2019-20 school year to a new elementary school, E-24, being built on 12004 Strickland Road in Raleigh. Stough originally would have gone to Spring Forest Road for the 2018-19 school year;

▪ York Elementary will relocate to E24 for the 2020-21 school year instead of the 2019-20 school year. E24 won’t open as its own school now until the 2021-22 school year, a year later than planned.

Today’s vote for Wiley is subject to Wake getting approval from the landlord and other tenants at the Garner shopping center. If that approval doesn’t happen, Wake may move the students to the former Bobby Murray Chevrolet car dealership on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh.

Also on Tuesday, the board will vote on making Lincoln Heights Elementary School in Fuquay-Varina as a new magnet school. The board will also vote on significantly revising the themes at three existing Raleigh magnet schools; Bugg and Millbrook elementary schools and Southeast Raleigh High School.

The new themes for the four schools will be presented to the school board in December. The changes are being made to fill the four high-poverty and lower-performing schools.

Wake will apply in 2017 for a federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant to fund the changes at the four schools. But the district will have to come up with the money out of local funds if the grant is not approved.

The board will also vote Tuesday on three contracts dealing with repairs to the Vernon Malone College and Career Academy in Raleigh, which suffered extensive flood damage during Hurricane Matthew.

Vernon Malone students missed four days of classes before they temporarily began attending different locations until the main building is repaired.

The board is scheduled to vote on two contracts covering the demolition, drying and restoration of the school for reoccupation. Wake is hoping to get insurance to cover most of the costs.

The board will also vote on a contract to spend up to $250,000 to provide bus service to the temporary campus that some students are using in Wake Forest.

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