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UPDATE NOV. 20 

The Board of Education approved the 2019-20 Student Enrollment Plan. There were no substantial changes affecting current students from the previous board meeting, which can be found below. The Board did approve assignment changes to some undeveloped areas of the county. Thank you to everyone who participated in this process. Find your base school assignment and your application school options for the 2019-20 school year. Please note the address look-up tool has not yet been updated to include changes to school assignments for some undeveloped areas. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Assignment Office at 919-431-7333 or find the Student Assignment representative for your area.

Combs Elementary is crowded and has an enrollment cap, which likely means anyone who moves into the Combs base attendance area cannot attend.

Under this proposal, some students who currently attend Combs would be assigned to Olds Elementary starting in 2019-20.


Share your feedback about this proposal below.

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Jennifer Williams 4 months ago

Please take into account those families that are in walking distance/neighborhood of combs and not transfer. Thank you.

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B Reid 4 months ago

"Under this proposal, some students who currently attend Combs would be assigned to Olds Elementary starting in 2019-20"

We are a family who has disappointingly been reassigned from our decades-long base at Combs (minus the failed "School Choice Plan" attempt 7yrs ago). The proposed change to handle overcrowding at Combs as described above indicates relocation to Olds Elem., however, we were reassigned to Dillard Dr. Can you please clarify this decision? Will Combs be a potential Magnet School option for us (it was NOT one of our options the year the "School Choice" plan was attempted despite it being our closest magnet option)? Is there any chance that my then rising 1st grader who will be starting kindergarten at Combs next week may be able to be "grandfathered" and be able to stay at Combs?

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Amy Farmer 4 months ago

I am very concerned with this proposal as this may negatively affect the base students who truly benefit from the amazing magnet program at Combs. Have you considered making Combs year round to alleviate crowding instead of reassigning base students? Will you also decrease the number of magnet students? Some of the classrooms are now double classes. Could you increase the number of double classes instead of reassignment?

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Anisa Radman 3 months ago

My husband and I will be deeply disappointed and saddened if the Combs overcrowding proposal goes through as currently drafted. We bought our home three and a half years ago (when our daughter was 2) so that Combs would be our base school because we had heard nothing but the best about it. We did not want to chance it with the magnet lottery, so we thought best to buy a house that was assigned to Combs. Our daughter just entered kindergarten and loves it there already. We have another daughter that we hope would also attend in a few years. Our new proposed school is not Olds, but Dillard Drive. I find it strange and disheartening that a current student would be told they cannot attend their beloved school because the overcrowding issue was not resolved until it became a big problem, and the solution is to turn away current families. Would it not be better for this proposal to affect incoming students and not current? Other than airing grievances on this forum, what else can we do? What is the next step?

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Adriana Szabo 3 months ago

Is there any possibility that WCPSS could allow students who would be in 5th grade in the 2019-2020 school year to finish their elementary school cycle where they started it? Our kid started ES at Combs as a kindergartner and we would love if he could finish there before he moves into Middle school.

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Anna Totten 2 months ago

The new delineation between Combs and Dillard is at Gorman Street. The area between Gorman Street and the next street to the east, Trailwood Drive, is a low-density area. This area has little ability for student fluctuation over the long-term given the low-density zoning and floodplain designation. I ask WCPSS to consider moving the new boundary by one street to include a small number of Combs students to continue their education at the school they know and love.

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