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UPDATE 10/16: All public information sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. They are Open House style, so you may arrive when you like and stay as long as you like. See below for dates and locations. Please plan to attend the session closest to you.

UPDATE 10/03: We have set the dates and locations for information sessions regarding Draft 1. These Open House-style sessions will focus on providing information about the changes in their respective geographic areas. Please plan on attending the session nearest to you. All events will take place in the evening. We will announce specific times soon, but we are sharing the dates now for your planning convenience. 

 

  • 10/24: Salem Elementary School, 6116 Old Jenks Road, Apex
  • 10/29: Fuquay-Varina High School (future home of Willow Spring High School), 1704 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina
  • 10/30: Wakefield High School, 2200 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh

 

On Oct. 1, staff members presented Draft 1 of a new Student Enrollment Proposal to the Board of Education.

The proposal includes proposed school assignment changes for both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.

This is the beginning of a community conversation that is scheduled to conclude with the school board adopting a final plan on Dec. 3.

Find out if you are proposed to be affected.

You are encouraged to visit www.wcpss.net/2020enrollmentproposal for more information about the proposal and to check for updates as the process moves forward.

 

Why is this being proposed?

To keep up with population growth and prevent the overcrowding of schools, we’re building two new schools: 

  • South Lakes Elementary, 1433 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina, opening in August 2020

  • Willow Spring High School, 1704 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina, opening in August 2021

The majority of proposed school assignment changes will be related to the opening of these two new schools in Fuquay-Varina.

Other components of the proposal are aimed at relieving overcrowded schools, better utilizing under-enrolled schools, and improving transportation efficiency. 

 

How can I ask questions and provide feedback?

The best way to provide feedback and ask questions about the proposal is to visit our online forum. This will ensure staff members, school board members and your fellow parents see your questions and feedback. Staff members will respond to questions in a timely fashion. Staff members and board members will also review and consider all feedback as they work toward a second draft of the proposal and, ultimately, the final approved plan. 

 

What is the process for arriving at a final plan?

We will respond to questions and review feedback online for the next several weeks. We also will host three Open House public information sessions where you can learn more about the proposal and ask questions of staff members. We will announce dates and locations soon.

Staff members will present Draft 2 to the school board for discussion on Nov. 5. A public hearing will be held on Nov. 19, providing the opportunity to speak before the full board. A final vote is expected on Dec. 3.

Proposal: Some students attending Wake Forest High would be assigned to Wakefield High.

Purpose: Reduces overcrowding at Wake Forest High while also accounting for future growth, and better utilizes Wakefield High. Additionally, the base attendance area proposed to move to Wakefield High is currently assigned to Wakefield Middle.

Please share your questions and feedback about this proposal in the thread below.

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Tracey Thomas 2 months ago

My son will be a Junior during the 2020-2021 school year. Will he be grandfathered to remain at Wake Forest High School?

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Matt Dees admin 2 months ago

Tracey, yes, he would be eligible to grandfather, under the current proposal. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/40945

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Darlene Loop 2 months ago

My daughter will be a junior for the 2020-2021 school year as well. She is currently at Wake Forest High School. We are contracting on a new home that is also assigned to Wake Forest High School currently but with this new proposal will be reassigned to Wakefield. When we do a change of address, will we be considered as a transfer, and will we have the option to stay at Wake Forest High School or will Wakefield be our only option? We would not have contracted on the home knowing our child could be affected academically and socially for her last two years of high school so this greatly impacts our consideration in this home buying process.

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Matt Dees admin 2 months ago

Darlene, your best bet is to call the Office of Student Assignment at 919-431-7333. A representative will be able to walk you through your options.

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Sharon Miller 2 months ago

My son will be a senior in the 2020-2021 school year he already has scholarship leads based on his work and future work at Wake Forest High School. He also has ordered a high school class ring for Wake Forest High School. We are not quite sure we understand the recent communications about the new student proposal. Are these changes only for new students and will he be able to stay at Wake Forest? Thanks in advance.

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Matt Dees admin 2 months ago

Sharon, Your son would be eligible to grandfather and stay at WFHS under the current proposal. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/40945

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Jamie Strickland 2 months ago

My daughter will be a junior in the 2020-2021 school year. She went to middle school at Wakefield middle but was separated from her friends because her high school was going to be at Wake Forest High. Now that she’s been enrolled at Wake Forest high school for the past two years, she’s going to be yanked away yet again? This is getting ridiculous. She was completely heartbroken. Maybe this proposal should limit itself to rising freshman, not students that have already been attending for the past two years.

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Matt Dees admin 2 months ago

Jamie, under the current proposal, your daughter would be eligible to grandfather and stay at Wake Forest High. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/40945

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Jamie Strickland 2 months ago

Thank you for responding. She will be thrilled to hear this.

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Kim Collins 2 months ago

I have twin girls who just started at wake forest high school. Adjusting to high school is hard enough for these kids and then you want to move them out. Being a teenager is a struggle in this society.. please don’t mess these kids up by making them make an additional adjustment . If it needs to be done it should be for the rising freshman

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Matt Dees admin 2 months ago

Hi Kim, your daughters would be eligible to grandfather and stay at Wake Forest High, under the current proposal. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/40945

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Melissa Bouyounan 2 months ago

Rising Freshman who are new registers and who have no other siblings...but I've got one finishing Middle and one trailing behind. There should be a grandfathering if that's the case. I have no intention of sending my children to Wakefield.

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Matt Dees admin 2 months ago

Melissa, here is the proposed grandfathering policy. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/40945

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Joseph Sheehan 2 months ago

We specifically moved to this area to go to Wake Forest High School and to specifically AVOID Wakefield. Is there going to be any options for kids to lottery in or transfer to Wake Forest or are we going to have to sell our house and move? Not sure how building 2 new schools in F-V means we all have to be moved around like chess pieces.

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Matt Dees admin 2 months ago

Joseph, this move is unrelated to the new schools in Fuquay-Varina. Here are the proposed rules for students being allowed to stay at their current school even if their assignment does change. Hi Kim, your daughters would be eligible to grandfather and stay at Wake Forest High, under the current proposal. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/40945

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Melissa Bouyounan 2 months ago

Thanks for showing the Grandfathering rules but that doesn’t help those of us who spent multiple thousands of dollars to buy a house in an area to avoid Wakefield only to be shifted at the last minute. My oldest is a rising 9th grader. We do not want any of our children at Wakefield and bought a house accordingly. Sorry but the proposal is faulty and personally I’d like to see a map and how the board picked apart the county to include us when I’m sure there were other options.

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Melissa Bouyounan 2 months ago

We moved here specifically to AVOID sending our kids to Wakefield High. I am not buying another house in order to keep them with the network of friends and trusted teachers because the School district thinks this is a convenient easy choice. This has already caused an uproar in my neighborhood because many families moved here to avoid Wakefield. If you want to build new schools that's great but save your empty seats for new registers not established students/families.

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Matt Dees admin 2 months ago

Melissa, Attached are a couple of maps as requested. The first shows the current attendance areas on the left with a crosshatched portion indicating the area proposed to go from Wake Forest High to Wakefield High. We did our best to propose an area that is proximate to Wakefield High. The second map is a "heat map" showing projected growth over the next five years. The orange-yellowish areas show projected residential growth based on data from municipalities, while the blue areas show a projected loss of school-aged children. As you can see, there is projected growth in the Wake Forest High base area, while a projected loss of students in the Wakefield base attendance area in coming years.

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Melissa Bouyounan about 1 month ago

Hi Matt- Thanks for the reply and choppy maps. I cannot attach a reconfiguration map to show you but I’ll bring it with me to the meeting tonight. The flaws are plentiful but the largest issue is the board’s “possible growth” is incorrect as it assumes all new households have school aged children without consideration for example - our neighborhood just sold 4 houses, 5 school aged children left the state but the new homeowners have 0 school aged children. How does this effect growth? Also it’s quite clear that the county isn’t considering homeowners versus apartments renters and those of us who built and bought homes clearly in the WFHS zone. Where is the economic costs as far as busses? You’re willing to waste my tax paying money on shuffling children from/almost in Raleigh in busses up to WFHS and passing by Wakefield while sending my children a mile further in distance to a school I purposely intended not to attend?? This proposal is riddled with issues and needs to be reworked.

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James Haight 2 months ago

There is a clear pattern of concern here. We as parents do not want our children uprooted at the whim of district administrators. We will not stand by and allow this uncontested. It is understandable that with the significant population increases in given areas, more schooling has to be generated. This should be applied to the affected areas however. When new housing is built, new schools are built in the same area to support the growth, This is how it is done in other parts of the country. Not build schools in one location and shift everyone around in a large area to fit the new mold. As mentioned by others, it is hard enough for teens to adjust at this age. This uprooting causes the same stress and anxiety that bulling does. Of course, there is zero-tolerance for bulling, right? You need to rethink how to solve the overcrowding concern. If this only affects a small number of students as stated, then I am sure it can be limited to rising freshmen with no other critical ties and transfers from out of the area. I for one would be happy to sit in any district board meeting and discuss this with objectivity and help brainstorm solutions. The impact of these choices is far reaching.

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Stephanie Walker 2 months ago

We are in the proposed area to be be changed. We have been WFHS for 15 years and now my daughter finally goes to school there. She is a freshman. Will she be grandfathered in since she is already there? My son will be a rising 9th grader next year. Would he be grandfathered in as well?

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Matt Dees admin 2 months ago

Stephanie, yes, both would be eligible to grandfather under the current proposed rules. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/40945

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Anne Travis 2 months ago

I have spent 8 years with my kids at WFHS. I will have my son there for another 3 as he is grandfathered in as a current freshman. WFHS is a community school for the town of WF. We live here. Some work here. It’s a real sense of belonging. Yes. Some kids do go to Wakefield middle. But many others come from Heritage Middle and WF middle. Moving whole neighborhoods to a school in a different town defeats the purpose of having “Community Schools”. Families spend time and money building up this school. It strengthens bonds among neighbors. The population of students at WFHS has fluctuated over the last several years and this proposal is not a fix. Since they are allowing all students currently enrolled to stay. I imagine the majority of parents will chose this and provide transportation.

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Renee Sheehan 2 months ago

My son has gone to Wake Forest Elem and is currently an 8th grader at Wake Forest Middle. His older sister graduated from Wake Forest High School. We moved into our house 6 years ago because we want our children at Wake Forest High School. It does not look like my son is eligible to be grandfathered. What would our other options be? I also was looking at the draft of the reassignment plan and am confused about how moving our kids to Wakefield will help. It looks like if this happens Wakefield will be over 100% utilization. at 130% for next year. How does that help our kids and how does that help Wakefield?

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Denise Merrill 2 months ago

Just wondering if you got a reply.

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Kellie Cullen 2 months ago

As the parent of a 9th grader at WFHS, I understand that he is ELIGIBLE for grandfathering as a transfer, but I need to know that if we submit the request during the appropriate time it will be APPROVED. Under what circumstances would they reject a grandfather request?

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Matt Dees admin 2 months ago

Kellie, any eligible student who requests to grandfather within the designated time frame will have request approved.

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Chris Cullen 2 months ago

My son is currently in 9th grade at WFHS and really likes it. He's playing sports and has joined a club and there is no way I want him moved to Wakefield. I understand the need to look a few years out and ensure adequate capacity levels at the schools but what I don't understand is why impact the students already enrolled? The growth didn't sneak up on anyone and should have been planned for a few years out and allow families time to make decisions and plan accordingly. To roll this out now and affect current students isn't fair to them or the parents. I understand that we are "eligible" to elect to transfer back to WFHS under the grandfather rules but how much of a guarantee is that he will remain at WFHS?

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Matt Dees admin 2 months ago

Chris, any eligible student who requests to grandfather within the designated time frame will have request approved.

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Jamie Ragan 2 months ago

My son is a freshman at WFHS and I have a middle school son that will be following in 2 years. It is ridiculous to make us change our schools. Even if we get grandfathered in, it appears we can’t use public transportation. My children ride the bus because my husband and I both work. My oldest son was in the 3rd grade when Read to Achieve was roll outed. We lived through that disaster but not without scars and a lot of tutor costs. Please leave our children to their schools which we as parents have planned on for the last several years. Our children have established their routines and developed friendships. This is so disappointing.

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Sally Hare 2 months ago

Hi there,
The Wake Forest area is certainly seeing a lot of growth and I certainly see a need to explore new school options for areas of Wake County, However, Wake Forest is a tight knit community. Our kids grow up together, join teams together and go to school together. There is a strong sens of community at Wake Forest High School. I am against the move of Wake Forest High School students to Wakefield High School. With that being said, I have a senior that will graduate from WFHS in June 2020. My twins are rising 9th graders, currently assigned to Wake Forest High School. Are we eligible for grandfathering pls? Thank you.

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Matt Dees admin 2 months ago

Hi Sally, Under this proposal, your younger children would not be eligible to grandfather. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/40945

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Sally Hare about 1 month ago

Thank you for replying. I look forward to seeing you at upcoming public hearings. As with most 8th graders, my twins have been getting excited about their upcoming high school experience, researching WFHS classes, attending WFHS events and generally embracing the move with their classmates. They already feel part of the school with their older sister being a WFHS senior. Moving us to Wakefield will add another 3 miles to our school commute plus add extra travel time as this will take us through a busy part of Wake Forest. We are very dissatisfied with this proposal.

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Ilissa DAuria 2 months ago

Why can't this plan start with incoming freshman? Why uproot families who have established ties with the school? Many of these kids are involved in sports and other extra curricular activities. I understand the grandfathering thing, but I it's not fair to take away their transportation. Many parents work and can not drive and pick up their kids from school. The carpool lines at WFHS are crazy enough!

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Denise Merrill 2 months ago

My son is currently in 8th grade and this will uproot him as he is now assigned to Wakefield. All his friends will go to WFHS. This is why we moved here. This poses a huge issue for our family as well as we do dual buses and now I cannot get him to my neighborhood here in WF. Is there anything I can do to get an exception? Our one street over stays at WFHS. Thank you.

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Darcee Ruble about 1 month ago

Hi, My understanding is that you are reassigning to relieve overcrowding. I pulled this from the draft 1 assignment proposal. It shows that you will be moving from a less crowded WFHS to more crowded WHS to make it 130 percent overcrowded.

WAKE FOREST HS T 2144 2144 95% 95% 101% 101% WAKEFIELD HS T 1652 2036 130% 105% 126% 102%

Here is the link for parents. It will be at 130% overcrowding next year, with the goal of being "normal" in 4 years.

I thought parents may want this information.

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Darcee Ruble about 1 month ago
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Matt Dees admin about 1 month ago

For Jodi Bulmer's question above, no, nothing in current proposal involving Millbrook High. Where are you seeing that?

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Matt Dees admin about 1 month ago

Hi Darcee, a couple of things to keep in mind. The 130% figure is before you factor in modular units. It projects to go down to 105% capacity in 2020 with the mobile units counted. Wake Forest High meanwhile can't have modular units on its campus. Also, this proposal is also trying to account for projected growth patterns in the near future. The attached heat map shows new residential growth and additional students in the Wake Forest High base (the yellow and orange) while there is a projected decline in school-aged children in the Wakefield High base.

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Lisa Holden about 1 month ago

So, with modular units added, moving us to Wakefield brings overcrowding down to 105%? This means we move from a school from 107% capacity, uproot our children and drive further only to be at 105% with modular units? This does not seem like a solid plan for a small 2% reduction at WFHS.

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Jodi Bulmer about 1 month ago

Hey Matt - I am looking at the proposal and it does look like some small/spot nodes (maybe?) are being assigned out of wakefield, over to Millbrook HS instead? (Raven Ridge area...) Those same nodes are still assigned to East Millbrook for middle school. Is there any consideration to letting the middle school be West Millbrook now, since the IB programme is at West, as well as Millbrook High? Kids would then have access to IB for 5 or even 7 years if they opted into DP in high school. Just wondered - it makes sense in my head and didn't know if that would or could be a discussion topic separate from this? Thanks in advance...

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Danielle Chipouras about 1 month ago

We are very disappointed to hear of this proposal. My son is currently an 8th grader and all his friends will be and are at WFHS now. Our neighborhood, Hillcrest Farm, has always been WFHS! This is unacceptable, we moved to Wake forest for Wake forest schools over 10 years ago. If I wanted my kids to go to wakefield in Raleigh, we would have stayed in Raleigh. We are a close nit community here in Wake forest and our neighborhoods are close. We have established friends and relationships for over 10 years here in WF and already support the high school. My son and his friends currently go to Heritage middle school, not wakefield middle, he would not know a sole at Wakefield high, since we live in Wake Forest. This is where all his friends from school and sports are from Wake Forest.. We hope and pray that you listen to us parents and this does not go through. Deeply disappointed, we moved to certain neighborhoods for schools and a community!

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Theresa Hamilton about 1 month ago

To keep my job, my family recently moved to North Carolina from Florida. We are in the process of building a house but made sure our temporary housing was district-ed for same school as our new house. My daughters is in 9th grade at Wake Forest High School. I can't imagine her going through so much change AGAIN next year. It sounds like she will be able to continue going to Wake Forest High School which is good. However, I hate that there is a very good possibility that other kids in our new neighborhood will be going to a different school, Wakefileld High School. I'm also not sure how she's going to get to school if we have to provide our own transportation. Both myself and my husband work so it's going to be challenging. Is there any way that these changes won't be taking effect? If they do, is there any way that transportation could be provided for kids that continue to go to Wake Forest High School?

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Kris Jasany about 1 month ago

I’ve got 6 years invested at WFHS with a child that will be a junior. I have given a lot of time, energy and money to WFHS as many parents have. Volunteering, getting involved in many areas. I’m hearing all sorts of information on how my child will be eligible for grandfathering but I’m not seeing anything that says “guaranteed”. We moved into Wake Forest in order to send our kids to certain schools. If I wanted to go to a Wakefield school I’d have moved there. Wakefield is NOT an option for us. I’ve always carpooled my kids and soon my youngest will have her license so I don’t need transportation (I’m lucky).

One of the things that really jumps out at me is that you expect me (or my student) to travel further in a much more congested area just to get to and from school. Wake Forest High is a short straight drive from door to door. I’m also baffled that several people I know are 5, 6, 7 miles closer to Wakefield yet they are not asked to change schools.

This just doesn’t seem to have been thought through completely. I’d also recommend that WCPSS and the commissioners and Mayor of Wake Forest start a dialog on how to slow the growth in this area. I notice all of the homes/apartments etc. being built off 98 and Wait Ave/Jones Dairy bringing in new families without a thought of where these new families will send their kids. Ohhhh hang on, that would be WFHS but now my neighborhood needs to change?

Please WCPSS, start that dialog and please reconsider what you’re proposing. This is the 4th time our family has been thrown into the “let’s make them change schools” pile. Please rethink the impact on the kids and their families and the stress caused by all of this. It’s hard enough to be a kid these days without asking them to give up the school they’ve come to love and the teachers and friends they’ve made there.

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Briana Frank about 1 month ago

I share the same concern with others on the constant changes but do appreciate knowing my oldest will be grandfathered in.

I have two requests. 1. Transportation - Could we consider transportation service for those kids grandfathered in? No transportation puts a great deal of extra strain on families and add additional cars on the road increasing traffic. 2. Siblings - Could we consider grandfathering in siblings, especially if they are attending Wake Forest High School at the same time. I understand rising 9th graders will be grandfathered in. I would like to extend that to my 6th grader to prevent having 2 kids at different schools.

Thank you for your time and consideration - Briana

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Brian Gackstetter about 1 month ago

I have a son who currently attends WFHS and has been in the Wakefield Schools. He experienced extreme bullying there and the administration did nothing about it. We moved to get away from the Wakefield schools. WCPSS has continuously overestimated growth patterns in the past several years, only to reassign students a couple of years later. We want to see the data that supports this projection, as most are opposed to this change and suspect that your data is flawed. I have two more children coming to WFHS in the next year and Wakefield is not an option. Wake Forest has a better curriculum and extra curricular activities than Wakefield. There’s a better option than reassigning students to another school. When Wakefield HS was overcapacity, y’all created a 9th grade center and that was temporary until Wakefield HS stabilized.

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Lisa Holden about 1 month ago

Like many on this discussion thread, our family is disappointed in regard to the current proposal. My family chose our current home just a few years ago for Wake Forest. I understand our area has Wakefield listed as our base middle school but there is a large population of students who are on a year round calendar and will be forced to go to Wakefield from Heritage ( a Wake Forest school ). On paper, I can see where this might look ok but those of us who are at Heritage are moving to a completely different school area with this proposal. I understand the rapid overgrowth of our area requires shifts. This may be fine for those families and students who currently attend WMS but for those at Heritage or other Wake Forest Middle Schools this is an upheaval.

I have looked at the map and I am a bit confused as to why our area with a Wake Forest address is required to move to Wakefield yet areas in Raleigh off Perry Creek Rd and Mini City area close to the 401/Capitol BLVD merge are still zoned for Wake Forest High School. Why are these groups being bussed to a school further north than Wakefield High School and we are being shifted to a school further away from us to a Raleigh school? Additionally, I would like to know about the capacity of Rolesville High School and Heritage? Why is the shift not happening across our town to reduce distance of teenagers driving to school and better appropriate the areas surrounding each school? Some areas with Rolesville addresses are still zoned for Wake Forest. While I understand we are a county based school system it seems there may be better, less upheaving solutions to our growth. Any and all information provided in response to my concerns are greatly appreciated.

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Joseph Sheehan about 1 month ago

Agree to everything everyone mentioned above. Suggestion to use the date of your home purchase as to where your HS location. Anyone that purchased before this redistricting gets to stay where they were originally slated to go and anyone after the redistricting date goes to the new HS location. Therefore any “New” growth would be assigned to Wakefield and people that moved prior and purchased their home specifically to go to Wake Forest could remain.

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Chris Hare about 1 month ago

My family and I have lived here all of our children’s school lives. We have been in the same house and yet 3 years ago my eldest daughter only knew which high school she would attend 3 weeks before starting. My twin 8th graders now face the same issue. They have attended North Forest Pines and then Heritage Middle with the same group of friends, they have planned their activities and subjects around attending Wake Forest now to be told they need to be moved due to new neighborhoods the other side of town? This is crazy, this is a tough impressionable time for teenagers, their friends and curriculum and extra curricular are critical to their well being and development, others moving to this area have no history or expectation. We need to apply for and appeal to be at wake forest high school, our family moved to our location for this school sequence, we have supported and been part of our community schools for all this time. The infrastructure planning, tax dollars and thoughtfulness are just not lining up, the school board votes and approves plans put together by staff that do not appear connected to the turbulence these moves create in a growing community.

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Chris Hare about 1 month ago

Wakefield had a 9th grade center, there are empty buildings in town that could be used in the same manor to reduce this disruption. I am sure the local community would support this.

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Natalie Vogt about 1 month ago

I currently have a son who is a freshmen at Wake Forest High School. He is in JROTC and is very involved in the school and has made great friends in this program. This program is not available at Wakefield. He does not want to leave this school or program or his friends. I have another son who is currently a 7th grader at Heritage Middle School. He has friends at Heritage Middle that do not have an older sibling, and therefore, would not be grandfathered and the first thing he asked was about his friend. I understand that we could be grandfathered, but without transportation. This puts a hardship on families who have both parents who work (most commute either to Durham, Raleigh or RTP), which includes us, and will force some not to be able to grandfather because they need the transportation. We will make it work if we have to, but at least provide transportation for the grandfathered kids if the current map of changes stays the same. However, most of us in this situation, that want to remain at Wake Forest High School, do not or did not have kids that went to Wakefield Middle. Most came or still have kids at Heritage Middle. Why not have the kids currently going to Heritage Middle or went to Heritage Middle be excluded from this reassignment or like someone else said, have it only apply to the new people moving in since this is why there is/will be overcrowding. Also, it seems like the areas that are being reassigned are closer to Wake Forest High School than others that were not considered and would still be assigned to Wake Forest High School. I hope you reconsider the current proposal as it stands and will consider how the kids will be affected by this change. Your number one responsibility is to do what is best for the children.

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Kari Kristoffersen about 1 month ago

I’m writing in as I feel that our node should not be moved from WFHS to Wakefield. There’s too many changes way too often and it feels like our node always gets picked. Keep the node at WFHS like it has been for a long, long time. Also, you’re changing plans that parents may have already made based on real estate. Buying a house in a certain neighborhood based on the high school only to find out they’re getting moved. It’s not right when there isn’t a need to make this change. Thanks for listening.

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Amy Bull about 1 month ago

I am expressing frustration as most other parents on this forum. The way this proposal is disrupting so many peoples lives and our children's friendships etc is uncalled for. There needs to be better research on growth and school assignment boundaries. My children will be grandfathered in at Wake Forest HS, but to not have bus transportation provided is a major problem. Kids being bused from Raleigh to Wake Forest HS (when they live right down the street from Millbrook HS) has never made sense to me. Could stopping this open up bus options for kids that actually live in Wake Forest???? Carpool at Wake Forest HS is terrible, especially with the never ending construction going on around campus. A proposed idea of a 9th grade center is clever. WFHS utilized this ideas several years ago. Please listen to what parents are sharing! There must be other ideas and options to prepare for future growth that will not so negatively affect our community as your current proposal.

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Stacey Gregory about 1 month ago

Next year I will have a senior, a freshman and a 7th grader. I know I can grandfather my rising senior and rising freshman, but what about my youngest? Will he be forced to go to a separate school than his older sibling (middle child will be junior at that point)? We had to move a couple of years ago and my only requirement was that my kids stay in the same schools. I live in small neighborhood off of Purnel. Wake Forest High is closer than Wakefield High. We live in Wake Forest, do a lot of our business in Wake Forest, why are we being pushed into a Raleigh school? The maps show students further away in Raleigh that are being bussed to a Wake Forest High school. Why are they not being bussed to a closer Raleigh school? I understand that there is a need for diversity. I understand that this is not an easy task for the committee that developed this draft proposal and I understand that there is still a lot more work to be done. I would ask that you think about the families you are affecting, neighborhoods you are dividing and friends you will possibly separate, not lines on a map. I don't care as much about loosing transportation, my family can adjust, but I would like for my kids to all graduate from the SAME school. If the draft becomes the final, I would ask that you please consider grandfathering families, not just a grade level.
Thank you very much for being willing to take on this daunting task of figuring out who goes where and making the tough choices to keep our schools balanced.

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Matt Dees admin about 1 month ago

Hi Stacey, sorry for the delayed reply. Your rising 7th grader would not be a grandfathered student, but would be able to request a transfer to stay with the older sibling. This would be done during the request for transfer period, which usually is late February through early March. This request would be granted because of sibling priority. Hope this helps.

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Danielle Chipouras about 1 month ago

Hi I went to the meeting the other night and unfortunately did not get a lot of answers, actually felt like no cares about our kids being affected by this proposal. Please read everyone's responses and actually put yourself in our place. Our kids matter and as a parent will do anything for my children. Please read my response and answer me, so I know someone read this. Also take particular note that my son goes to Heritage Middle not wakefield middle!!
We are very disappointed to hear of this proposal. My son is currently an 8th grader and all his friends will be and are at WFHS now. Our neighborhood, Hillcrest Farm, has always been WFHS! This is unacceptable, we moved to Wake forest for Wake forest schools over 10 years ago. If I wanted my kids to go to wakefield in Raleigh, we would have stayed in Raleigh. We are a close nit community here in Wake forest and our neighborhoods are close. We have established friends and relationships for over 10 years here in WF and already support the high school. My son and his friends currently go to Heritage middle school, not wakefield middle, he would not know a sole at Wakefield high, since we live in Wake Forest. This is where all his friends from school and sports are from Wake Forest.. We hope and pray that you listen to us parents and this does not go through. Deeply disappointed, we moved to certain neighborhoods for schools and a community! My email is dchipouras@aim.com. I did not receive an email from you all about the meeting and I heard that others did. I would like to be included! Thank you.

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Sally Hare about 1 month ago

After attending the board meeting on Tuesday night at Wakefield HS, I would like to clarify my situation along with many other familes in the area west of Camp Kanata.
Our children have been together since kindergarten - we have followed the year-round path from North Forest Pines to Heritage Middle. Their high school should be Wake Forest, just as their siblings have attended before them. It is a community school where many of us have attended events and become part of WFHS family. We should not be forced to drive our kids to a Raleigh school with a longer commute, across busy route 98, when we have a high school in our own backyard. Please consider rezoning the kids with Raleigh addresses to Wakefield and let the Wake Forest addresses attend/continue attending WFHS. WFHS has an exemplary JROTC program. My daughter was planning on joining this group as a freshman. This program, is not offered at Wakefield. How about renovating the old Food Lion into a WFHS 9th grade center, just like Wakefield had 3 years ago until enrollment dropped. As we know, school enrollment is subjective and this upheaval and change for our children is only a bandaid fix on a much bigger infrastructure problem. Just because there are areas of new development in the Wake Forest area does not mean the homes will contain school age children. Please listen to the very unhappy parents on this forum.

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Laura Dempsey about 1 month ago

I, like so many others on this forum, oppose the proposed plan this select group of addresses. We have lived in our home for over 10 years and have always thoughts that our children (now 6th and 3rd grades) would attend WFHS. We actually had the opportunity to move about 2 months ago, and strongly considered it, but ultimately decided to "stay put" because we wanted to avoid a disruption for out children (as our son is only 2 years away from high school). I understand and appreciate concerns about growth. However, I would respectfully ask that any proposed changes in assignment be made for newly constructed homes in the affected area. Also, I would strongly support the establishment of a 9th grade center, as mentioned previously on this forum, as a possible solution. Please listen to our concerns.

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Stephanie Walker about 1 month ago

I attended the open house last week and am very frustrated with the proposal of my kids and their friends having to switch schools. Luckily, I have a freshman there now and she will be grandfathered in and I have a rising freshman next year and he should be as well. Our kids have many friends in this area that they have gone to school with since kindergarten or early elementary and now you are attempting to uproot them and send to another school. My kids went to NFP and HMS, so all their friends will be attending WFHS or HHS. We have always looked forward to going to WFHS as it is our COMMUNITY school. My daughter is a cheerleader there now and we volunteer many hours at the school. Our family is already invested lots of money and time in WFHS and have no desire to switch to WHS. We built our house here 15 years ago knowing that our kids would attend WFHS. From what I gathered speaking with board members that night, this change is on predicted growth in our area. How do you know that the people moving here will have kids? This is something you can't predict. Moving kids and disrupting their lives is so unfair on just a guesstimate of what you think will happen.
This proposal is happening too fast. I don't think everything has been taken into account. A 9th grade center for our school would be a great idea. I know it would be a substantial cost but so would be adding trailers at WHS to accommodate the families you are trying to move. Why not table this discussion, look into a 9th grade center and then make a plan for the expected growth. Shuffling kids from one school to another to alleviate the overcrowding by a few percentage isn't going to fix a problem. It's just going to cause more problems for the families and the poor kids you are attempting to ruin their high school years. Also if you decide to go through with this proposal you are hindering any family from attempting to sell a house and move if they desire. You are taking away a huge majority of buyers from us. If they have kids moving to this area, they are going to want their kids to go to WFHS, as it should be their community school. I hope you take the time to listen to the parents and kids in this area. Our kids love WFHS and want to go to school there. Please don't take this opportunity from them for a proposal that's just going to shuffle numbers around.

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Charlotte Harrison about 1 month ago

My son is in sixth grade and recently moved from the Heritage school district after I spoke to someone at the assignment office who suggested that I build our new home in the school zone where we wanted him to attend. We are quite disheartened that less than a year later our school has been re-zoned for Wakefield. My son had several adjustments over the last year including moving from year-round school to a traditional calendar, moving away from the only home he had ever lived in to our new home and had to make all new friends. With this proposed change most of his new friends will be grandfathered in to Wake Forest high school because they have older siblings already there and my son will have to go to Wakefield. I just think it’s really unfair to have our child have to make these adjustments again in less than two years. The other thingto Take into consideration is the current and proposed utilization report for each school that I have attached in a picture below. After skimming it quickly, it was very apparent that this proposed change is only moving the “overcrowded” problem from one school to another. The top section is the current trajectory. The bottom is after our kids are re-assigned to Wakefield HS. Notice the % Utilization with trailers flips from 107% at Wake Forest down to 93% and then Wakefield flips from 95% to 105%. This is just the first year and is even worse if you look at the numbers without including trailers. We end up with the exact same problem and the potential of our kids having to move yet again. Both areas are growing considerably and the real solution to the problem will be to build new schools vs having our children move every couple of years, splitting up siblings and causing transportation hardship on working parents.

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Ilissa DAuria about 1 month ago

I really don't have anything else to add. I wholeheartedly agree with all the sentiments expressed.

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