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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.
 
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Amanda Shattuck 16 days 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 16 days 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 15 days 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 at October 04, 2019 at 6:01pm EDT

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 at October 06, 2019 at 1:56pm EDT

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 16 days 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 15 days 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 at October 06, 2019 at 1:57pm EDT

Thank you so much.

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Brian Patrick 16 days 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 16 days 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 15 days 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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Ashley Hiatt 15 days 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 at October 08, 2019 at 1:13pm EDT

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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