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Wake County Schools staff recommends additional changes in the third draft of the 2016-17 Student Enrollment Proposal, which was presented to the school board Tuesday afternoon.

Parent feedback initiated a staff review of several proposals. The following changes are being recommended in Draft 3:

– These neighborhoods would remain based at Leesville Road Elementary:

  • Ashworth Estates
  • Camden Park
  • Cornerstone Park
  • Eastwinds
  • Park at Westgate
  • Westchase
  • Westwind

– Sycamore Creek would no longer have Leesville Road Elementary as a traditional calendar option. Students based at Sycamore Creek would now have the new Pleasant Grove Elementary, opening in 2016, as their calendar option. 

– Portions of the Cedar Fork Elementary base that were proposed to move to Carpenter Elementary would remain at Cedar Fork. Staff is recommending that an enrollment cap be placed at Cedar Fork next year  to control overcrowding. Learn more about enrollment caps.

(A more in-depth explanation of these proposals is below.)

- White Oak Elementary will include both Bigelow Road and Hendricks Road as part of its base attendance area.

The third draft represents the final enrollment proposal that will be generated by Wake County Schools staff. From this point forward, additional changes will be made only by the school board.  

The majority of students affected by the plan would have their base attendance area changed to one of five new schools opening in 2016: Beaverdam Elementary, Pleasant Grove Elementary, Pine Hollow Middle School, Oakview Elementary and White Oak Elementary.

Other proposed base attendance changes are mostly related to reducing crowding at specific schools. Students affected by these changes can choose to remain at their current schools if they provide their own transportation.

If Draft 3 were approved as is, fewer than 3,461 students would be affected – 2.2 percent of the system’s overall student enrollment. More than half of those students would be eligible to “grandfather” and stay at their current school.

The third draft of the plan reflects changes made in response to parent concerns shared online at wcpss.granicusideas.com and in a series of public meetings. The site has drawn about 1,500 participants who left more than 2,000 comments since launching in August.

Parents can click here to find out if their address is part of the draft. 

School board members are scheduled to hold a public hearing on Nov. 3 and then discuss any changes at their Nov. 17 work session.

UNDERSTANDING DRAFT 3 CHANGES 

Leesville Road and Sycamore Creek

The recommendation to leave seven neighborhoods based at Leesville Road Elementary and to change Sycamore Creek's traditional calendar option to Pleasant Grove are directly linked.

Leesville Road Elementary is overcrowded and has 17 modular units to try to accommodate all of its students. That's 12 more trailers than Wake County Schools planners believe is appropriate for that site. 

Staff re-examined the proposal based on parent feedback and found that many students from the Sycamore Creek base attendance area are attending Leesville Road as a calendar option. 

• Staff's recommendation would allow more Leesville Road base students to stay at the school. 

• Crowding relief for Leesville Road would come via moving some Sycamore Creek students out of the school to Pleasant Grove over time. 

• Sycamore Creek-based students who are rising 4th and 5th graders would have the option to remain at Leesville Road as "grandfathered" transfer students next year. 

Cedar Fork

Staff re-examined the proposal and found that crowding at Cedar Fork could be reduced by imposing an enrollment cap.

Topics

Topic: Draft 3 FAQ

We have posted responses to some FAQ regarding Draft 3 here.

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This public hearing is for comments on the 2016-17 Student Enrollment Proposal. Sign up.

Each speaker will have 2 minutes to address the Board.

*Signup closes at 6:15 pm on Nov. 3

This public hearing is scheduled to start at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Central Services Building - Crossroads I, 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary.

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Click here to find the chart that shows schools proposed to send or receive students under Draft 3.

  • The proposal impacts 3,620 current students in grades K-4, 6, 7 and 9-11.  
  • 2,108 (58%) are eligible to grandfather.
  • 2,630 (73%) are assigned to one of the five new schools. 

 

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It will be held in the Board Room at 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary. Sign up information will be provided soon.

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Beaverdam will open in 2016 as a traditional calendar preK-5 elementary school at 3591 Tarheel Club Road, Raleigh.  Learn more.

Base attendance areas for the following schools could be impacted:

  • River Bend
  • Forestville Road
  • Lockhart
  • Wilburn

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Oakview will open in 2016 as a traditional calendar preK-5 elementary school at 11500 Holly Springs New Hill Road, Apex.  Learn more.

Base attendance areas for the following schools could be impacted:

  • Holly Springs
  • Holly Grove
  • Holly Ridge
  • Herbert Akins

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Draft 2 changes: 

  • Pleasant Union ES base would feed to Pine Hollow for a calendar match.
  • A satellite base attendance area currently assigned to Leesville ES and MS would have its base change to Sycamore Creek ES and Pine Hollow MS.
  • Chestnut Oaks, currently assigned to Baileywick ES and West Millbrook MS would have its base change to Sycamore and Pine Hollow MS.
  • Neighborhood accessed via Lookout Mountain Rd and neighborhood accessed via Riese Dr currently assigned to York ES and Leesville Rd MS. Both are proposed to have their base attendance areas changed to Sycamore Creek ES and Pine Hollow MS.

Pine Hollow will open in 2016 as a year-round calendar 6-8 middle school at 5660 Westage Road in Raleigh. Learn more.

Base attendance areas for the following schools could be impacted:

  • Leesvile Road
  • Mills Park
  • Pleasant Union

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Draft 3 Proposed Change:

The following neighborhoods would remain based at Leesville Road ES.

  • Ashworth Estates
  • Camden Park
  • Cornerstone Park
  • Eastwinds
  • Park at Westgate
  • Westchase
  • Westwind 

Pleasant Grove will open in 2016 as a traditional calendar preK-5 elementary school at 3605 Pleasant Grove Church Road in Cary.  Learn more.

Base attendance areas for the following schools could be impacted:

  • Brier Creek
  • Leesville Road
  • Stough
  • Sycamore Creek

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Draft 3 Proposed Change: Bigelow Road and Hendricks Road will be assigned to White Oak ES.

White Oak will open in 2016 as a traditional calendar preK-5 elementary school at 1512 White Oak Church Road in Cary.  Learn more.

Base attendance areas for the following schools could be impacted:

  • Highcroft Drive
  • Turner Creek

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Draft 3 Proposed Change:

Portions of the Cedar Fork Elementary base that were proposed to move to Carpenter Elementary would remain at Cedar Fork. Staff is recommending that an enrollment cap be placed at Cedar Fork next year  to control overcrowding. Learn more about enrollment caps. 

Cedar Fork is at 120% capacity. We are proposing that a section of the Cedar Fork base attendance area that is close to Carpenter have its base change to Carpenter. Carpenter is at 94% capacity.

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Sycamore Creek would no longer have Leesville Road Elementary as a traditional calendar option. Students based at Sycamore Creek would now have the new Pleasant Grove Elementary, opening in 2016, as their calendar option.

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Draft 2 change: We are no longer proposing that one section of the Conn base attendance area have its base changed to nearby Underwood. We will delay this move until Underwood's crowding can be addressed.

We are still proposing that another section of Conn's base be changed to Partnership.

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Some portions of the Mills Park Middle base attendance area would be assigned to the new Pine Hollow Middle School. 

Some portions of the Mills Park Middle base attendance area would be assigned to West Cary Middle School.

These changes would help relieve crowding at Mills Park Middle School, which currently is at 111% capacity and has an enrollment cap. 

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Staff is recommending a number of proposed changes to calendar options. Most involve removing a calendar choice that most people weren't making, so that most schools have just one calendar option. 

NOTE: If your child currently attends one of the calendar options that is being removed, you may make a transfer request during the February transfer application period to stay at your current school. This "grandfather" request will be approved, allowing them to stay at the school through the exit grade. Please note that district transportation cannot be provided to grandfathered students. 

Review the proposed calendar option changes.

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  • Jeffreys Grove is at 103% capacity. Baileywick Elementary is at 91% capacity. We are proposing to change the base attendance area of some Jeffreys Grove students to make Baileywick their base school. 
  • A neighborhood called Barton's Creek Overlook was split, with some students based at Baileywick and some at Sycamore Creek. We are proposing that all children in that neighborhood be based at Sycamore Creek.

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Let us know about any feedback you have on any topic not covered above.

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