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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.

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Address: 1433 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina
Grades: K-5
Calendar: Traditional
Capacity: 716
 
Some students currently attending Fuquay-Varina Elementary and Willow Spring Elementary are proposed to attend South Lakes Elementary.
 
Please share your questions and feedback about this proposal in the thread below.
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Amanda Shattuck 2 months ago

My husband and I have lived in FV our entire lives. We’ve watched our sweet little town turn in to a nightmare of overcrowding. We built our home so that our children could attended the same schools we did (WSES). We have a current kindergarten and 3rd grader. It is extremely infuriating and frustrating to know they are now being reassigned because of overgrowth. First we want them to stay in year round. This is how we schedule vacations. We already have one scheduled based on WSES for next fall. Second our 3rd grader suffers from a condition called selective mutism. She did not say a word for two years during preschool and K. NOT ONE WORD. We owe her progress to WSES and the staff and teachers. Moving her now could possibly set her back over 3 years. This is our home. This is our town we deserve more say in this. These are my children’s lives that are being thrown around. We never ever had to worry about which school we would be in year to year growing up. Now it’s a guessing game who will be assigned next. It’s unfair to us families who have spent our entire lives building this town to what it is, even if we don’t agree with it. Don’t juggle my young children around because the growth has gotten out of hand. We built our home here for our children to go to the same school we did and we shouldn’t fear that will change especially in the middle of their school careers.

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Ashley Hodges 2 months ago

We are happy to see that there will be an additional traditional calendar option for Fuquay Varina. I would like to suggest that students that have Banks as their base school, have the option to attend South Lakes as their calendar option!

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Matt Dees admin 2 months ago

Ashley, we generally try not to offer new schools as calendar application options, but we can look into this and perhaps add to Draft 2.

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Kathryn ODekirk 2 months ago

I whole-heartedly agree with Ms. Hodges! I would also like to suggest that families that were moved from WSES to Banks Road last year (to help ease the over-crowding at WSES) be given the choice to attend South Lakes because it is so much closer to us. We live in Willow Bluffs subdivision. Also, we have been assigned to Fuquay Varnina HS and, again, it makes more sense honestly for our neighborhood to be assigned to the new future Willow Springs HS.

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Nora Sherwood 2 months ago

I also propose that us families who live in Willow Spring and have attended WSES for years that are now being pushed out to Vance Elementary be allowed to have either WSES or SLES as an option. We live in Willow Springs, not Raleigh nor Garner. My kids are very anxious and worried about being torn away from all of their friends and put in a different city where they will not know anyone. This includes my son who will be moved from FVMS to NGMS. We feel it's appropriate to atleast have the option to apply to our own town schools. Thank you.

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Nora Sherwood 2 months ago

I suggest SLES be a traditional option for people who live in Willow Spring verses having Willow Spring residents have to drive into Raleigh/North Garner to attend school. We do not live in Garner. We do not know a soul who does. We live here! We have our friends here! Our kids are thriving here! Why move them?

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Matt Dees admin 2 months ago

Nora, we generally try not to offer new schools as calendar application options, but we can look into this for Draft 2.

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Nora Sherwood 2 months ago

Thank you so much.

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Brian Patrick 2 months ago

Proposals look good, and provide great options with logical boundary lines. There are always options to sign up and go to schools outside of the assigned (Ex. petition for the YR at WS if assigned SL, and vice versa). With a one year grandfather option, most will be happy. I have been looking at other school districts in Wake county and its almost as if they threw darts at a board to pick neighborhoods to attend schools.

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Ashley Hiatt 2 months ago

I would suggest one of the following:

1) Willow Springs Elementary should be a year-round option for families affected by the re-assignment to South Lakes with its traditional calendar year, and vice versa. Currently the year-round option for the new SLES district is Ballentine, which is further away than WSES. Transportation costs in terms of time and money will be saved keeping the students "closer to home" at WSES, especially considering the buses would otherwise have to traverse through the extremely congested Main Street area of Fuquay to get to Ballentine.

2) Have the option for current WSES students to be grandfathered in, no matter their grade level. (A stipulation that these grandfathered students would not be eligible for district transportation -- while inconvenient -- seems reasonable.)

While we understand the challenges that come with managing the unprecedented growth in Wake County, more flexibility is needed with this new enrollment plan to account for families wishing to keep their children at their existing school.

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Matt Dees admin 2 months ago

Ashley, understand where you're coming from, but these suggestions would impede our efforts to reduce crowding at Willow Springs Elementary and fill the new South Lakes Elementary.

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Lupe Howell about 1 month ago

Matt, can you confirm that there will at least be a grandfather application available for families?

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Ashley Hiatt 2 months ago

I agree with Nora above that the board should look into offering up SLES as a calendar application school -- and potentially doing this with new schools in general, as a way to help assist with future growth.

I utilized the address lookup tool and spot-checked a few friends' addresses who will remain in the WSES district, and every one I checked had FVES listed as their application school for a traditional calendar. Given the projected growth in the area over the next 5 years that will affect the already-overcrowded FVES district the most, I could see the current assignments being extremely problematic to maintain, which only means additional shifts for families in the future. Opening up SLES as a calendar application school would not only help fill the school, but potentially ease the over-crowding burden at FVES, both in its current and projected state.

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AnnMarie Quilty about 1 month ago

In 2018 when our students were re-assigned from Willow Springs Elementary, the WCPSS Reassignment Office stated that our students would not be reassigned for AT LEAST THREE YEARS. Please tell me your plan for keeping these students in their current school for stabilization as it has not yet been 2 years. It is unacceptable to move a child to 3 schools in 4 years.

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Matt Dees admin about 1 month ago

Lupe, here are the proposed grandfathering rules. Eligible students will be able to request to grandfather in December. We will notify eligible families about the grandfathering request period.

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Lupe Howell about 1 month ago

Matt, what about children that are not rising 5th and 8th graders? This is extremely limiting for many families. Are there any options for families opposed to enrollment in a traditional calender school???

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Lupe Howell about 1 month ago

Matt, this does not address my particular issue -- and that of my neighbors. I live less than a mile and just minutes from WSES. Whereas Ballentine is on the other side of Fuquay Varina??? Families on the eastern side of 55, who live far closer to WSES, should have the option to remain at WSES. It makes little sense to force us across town, adding to the continuously growing traffic problems in Fuquay when we can be at WSES in just minutes.

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Matt Dees admin about 1 month ago

Lupe, you would be able to apply to attend the designated year-round application school for your address. Here is information about that process. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/189

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Megan Kohne about 1 month ago

While I understand WCPSS' reasoning for not giving Willow Springs Elementary School as the year-round option to students being force moved to South Lakes Elementary, it's disappointing to have our only year-round option as Ballentine. Willow Springs students are being moved from one of the best elementary schools in the county to either a complete unknown (since it'll be new) or one that's received mixed opinions from current/former parents, social media boards, and ratings websites. I know there's a lot more to a school than just the ratings/rankings, and I personally hold more weight to hearing opinions from current/former parents that have had students there. I wish that Willow Springs could be a year round option for students that at least live on the eastern side of SR55 (south/north lakes, partin place etc), as Willow Springs is just so much closer. Logistically, it just makes sense, especially with the future NCDOT widening of SR55 in that area.

The Principal/Vice Principal at Willow Springs is absolutely wonderful and has created an amazing culture at the school. She supports all students and her staff in an amazing way - just look at the teacher retention rate at the school. The teachers obviously want to be there for a reason. I've also heard amazing things about the Principal at Fuquay Varina Elementary. For students to leave these amazing princiapls for an unknown principal/administration is a scary proposition. I sincerley hope that WCPSS will take great care in choosing the principal of South Lakes Elementary. These students being torn away from amazing princiapls and staff deserve to at least have a principal of the same caliber, care, and nature as the principals they are leaving behind. I cannot speak for the principal at Fuquay Elementary, but I can 100% say that Mrs. Miller fully embodies the schools mission of "embracing the needs of every child, empowering them to reach their full potential" and she allows her staff to do the same. I truly believe that to have a great school, you have to have a great administrative team that fully supports their staff in all capacities. The administration sets the tone and culture for the staff and thus, the students.

I was also very surprised and disappointed by the boundary. I understand that this school was built to alleviate the crush mostly on FVES, but I really think everything west of Kennebec/Maude Stewart should have been moved to South Lakes, especially the new Hidden Valley community. According to the map in the draft, that neighborhood is going to be split in two (even though right now, the only homes being sold are in the section that will go to Willow Springs). Having a community torn into two schools can lead to the have/have-nots scenario. The section that's slotted to go to South Lakes that's to the west of Main Street is crazy to me. There is no direct way for the buses to get to south lakes. It logistically makes more sense for them to remain at FVES or to even be added into the Lincoln Height district. I also find it crazy that there are students that live along dwight rowland (literally less than a minute away from WSES) that go to Banks Road Elementary. That's just not logistically smart. Same with some of the homes that got moved to Banks 2 years ago - they live less than 5 mintues from WSES, but yet are bussed to a school so much farther away.

I also think that South Lakes should be added as the traditional calendar-option to those people that are remaining in the WSES district. There are families within the WSES district that would like to attend South Lakes if given the opportunity because it's closer and provides a better sense of community than FVES does. I hope WCPSS will reevaluate their mindset behind this, opening South Lakes as a traditional option to others. Speaking of traditional, I was very disappointed that South Lakes has been set as a traditional calendar school. A very large precentage of students will be coming from a year-round calendar and this change will negatively affect students that have only ever operated on a year round schedule and will affect family logistics/work schedules. I wish WCPSS would consider a modified calendar or even just a track-4 year round schedule for South Lakes instead of traditional. Those two calendar options are close enough to traditional that would easily allow those students coming from FVES to adjust.

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Lupe Howell about 1 month ago

Matt, I completely agree with Megan -- an abrupt change from year-round to traditional calender will negatively impact students and families with regard to logistics and work. Employers are not necessarily sympathetic to WCPSS policies.

Also, WSES should be an option for families on the eastern side of HWY 55 at HWY 42. It doesn't make sense that WSES is less than a mile from my home and on my way to work, but we have to drive several miles SOUTH to get to the new school. Coupled with the car rider waiting times and then driving back up NORTH past our house again to get to Raleigh, this makes our morning commute well over an HOUR. That's only the beginning of our logistical nightmare..

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Jenifer Sawyer about 1 month ago

I am located in the Inglenook subdivision. SLES is not listed as our base school. We are just about 1 mile from SLES, and will drive more than half way there to continue on to our base school at FVES. I am just wondering how the assignments were determined, since FVES has an enrolment cap?

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