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