Wake Ed

Wake County school board to give student assignment feedback

The Wake County school board will discuss student assignment and magnet schools on Tuesday.

During the work session, staff will ask the board for feedback on how to develop the student assignment plan for 2016-17 and future school years. The tentative timeline is for the first draft of the 2016-17 plan to be presented in July with the final vote in November.

Wake will need to fill five schools opening in 2016: White Oak Elementary in Cary, Oakview Elementary in Holly Springs, E38 in Morrisville, Beaverdam Elementary in east Raleigh and Pine Hollow Middle in northwest Raleigh.

Student assignment is supposed to be based on the equal pillars of student achievement, proximity, stability and operational efficiency. In recent years, proximity, stability and operational efficiency have been emphasized more. Wake has been turning to areas other than assignment to address student achievement.

Also during the work session, staff will give a history of the magnet school program and an update on the program’s guiding principles. It’s a prelude to a new review of the magnet program that could lead to existing magnet schools getting new magnet programs or losing their magnet status. The review could also lead to some schools becoming magnet schools.

The review is done before the district applies for funding from a federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant.

The timeline calls for schools to be identified for the grant in the fall with staff submitting the grant application in February.

During the regular meeting, the board will honor the 2015 high school valedictorians.