Wake Ed

Wake County to release second draft of assignment proposal

The next version of the student assignment proposal, the final school budget and criteria for filling magnet schools are among the topics the Wake County school board will review Tuesday.

At an information-packed work session, staff will present the second draft of the 2016-17 student assignment proposal. Parents will be seeing if the changes they requested after the first draft was released Aug. 18 will be incorporated into the new version.

A number of parents are expected to attend the work session and try to speak at the regular meeting. Parents from Leesville Road Elementary School in northwest Raleigh are coming because they don’t like how the first draft would move them to the new Pleasant Grove Elementary School in Cary.

Also during the work session, staff will brief the board on changes that need to be made to the 2015-16 operating budget in light of the final adoption of the long-delayed state budget. For instance, Wake’s budget will need to be adjusted to pay the 80 teachers who no longer can be funded out of the state’s teacher assistant dollars.

Staff will also present how the teacher salary schedule and the extra-duty salary schedule will be revised. The combination of local and state raises is the start of efforts to move Wake’s teachers to the national average in pay.

For extra-duty pay, it’s the first raise for many positions since 1987. It covers positions such as coaches, department chairs and other teachers who do additional work.

The budget adjustments will be voted on in the regular meeting.

As previously noted, staff will also present during the work session a proposal to use different selection criteria for filling different groups of magnet schools. The biggest change would revise the criteria to set aside seats at Brooks, Joyner, Underwood and Wiley elementary schools and Martin Middle School for magnet-school applicants who don’t come from high-performing areas