Wake Ed

Wake County school board to get school capping recommendations

The Wake County school board’s facilities committee will discuss Wednesday revised enrollment cap recommendations, the potential delayed opening of a new Raleigh elementary school and renovations of a Garner elementary school.

The meeting agenda includes staff’s recommendation to place enrollment caps on 15 crowded schools for the 2016-17 school year. This means that if they’re capped, new families who move into their attendance areas could be sent to more distant overflow schools.

The recommendation is to continue the existing caps at Hodge Road, Holly Grove, Hunter, Mills Park and Walnut Creek elementary schools; Mills Park Middle; Enloe, Heritage and Panther Creek high schools.

New caps are proposed for Cedar Fork, Davis Drive, Fuquay-Varina and Wiley elementary schools; Apex Middle; and Fuquay-Varina High.

The new recommendation is different from the one presented in November to cap 17 schools for next school year. Staff is no longer recommending continuing the cap at Cary Elementary and placing a new cap on Garner High.

Also on the agenda, staff will discuss whether to delay the opening of Poole Road Elementary School in Raleigh by a year from August 2017 to August 2018. The delay comes amid concerns raised by the school’s neighbors and the City of Raleigh about the impact on traffic at the intersection of Barwell and Poole roads.

School staff says a delay could allow Wake to purchase more land to modify the site plan for the school.

Another meeting topic is to see if the committee backs doing a complete demolition of Vandora Springs Elementary in Garner instead of the prior recommendation of a partial demolition. The school’s renovation is part of the next school construction program.