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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: 1704 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina
Proposed Grades: 9-10 for first year, 9-11 second year, 9-12 third year and going forward
Calendar: Traditional
Description: 110 classrooms, with a student capacity of about 2,300. Currently serving as swing space for Fuquay-Varina High.

Under the proposal, the base attendance area for the new Willow Spring High would be made up of students currently in the Fuquay-Varina base attendance area. The proposal also calls for some students in the Holly Springs High base attendance area to be assigned to the Fuquay-Varina High attendance area. This would help relieve crowding at Holly Springs High.

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

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Marne Patana 16 days ago

When will there be a forum in Holly Springs where parents/students can speak with staff members so that we can listen and give feedback in person?

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Matt Dees admin 16 days ago

We will be announcing a date soon.

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Matt Dees admin 16 days ago

Marne, we will announce the date on this site and the main enrollment proposal site, www.wcpss.net/2020enrollmentproposal

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MaryAnn Louw at October 14, 2019 at 12:22pm EDT

Matt since this impacts Holly Springs residents why isn't there a meeting to discuss this in Holly Springs?

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Tim Manhardt 16 days ago

Second to in person discussion in Holly Springs, it would be helpful to see examples of how the grandfathering works and how you’ve accounted for that in enrollment projections. Are rising 9th graders in 2021-22 school year eligible and is the grandfathering effective the entire four years of high school?

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Matt Dees admin 16 days ago

Hi Tim. Here are the proposed grandfathering rules. Does this help answer your question? https://www.wcpss.net/Page/40945

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MaryAnn Louw at October 14, 2019 at 12:23pm EDT

Since the proposal said that seniors will be exempt will they still have transportation?

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Tim Manhardt 16 days ago

Will families be requested to request grandfathering for this Existing to Existing high school move related to Willow Spring opening in the December 2019 window for the 2021-22 school year?

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Matt Dees admin at October 14, 2019 at 1:57pm EDT

Tim, the grandfathering requests related to the opening of Willow Spring High would not be made until 2020, likely December. Really sorry for delayed response on this!

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Tim Manhardt 16 days ago

How do you explain a 69% projected enrollment in Fuquay High School for 2023-24? That seems to put the programs at risk. Additionally draft 1 projects Willow Spring High at 81% while also consuming the highest growth projection area on the border of the assignment.

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Matt Dees admin 16 days ago

That is something the board pointed out as well during the work session today, and our staff is going to look into it. Here is video of the work session discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmFt8I7_ugU

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Tim Manhardt 16 days ago

What is the impact of student achievement to Holly Springs, Fuquay and Willow Spring with this proposal? Draft 1 looks imbalanced based on data accessible to the public.

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Matt Dees admin 16 days ago

Tim, you asked: :Will families be requested to request grandfathering for this Existing to Existing high school move related to Willow Spring opening in the December 2019 window for the 2021-22 school year?"

No, grandfather requests for 2021-22 would be submitted in late 2020, likely December. Good question, that also came up during board discussion today.

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Susan Cannaday 16 days ago

Are you telling me my son, finally on a traditional calendar (FVMS), has to go back to a year round calendar to a school (WLMS) that is horrible, to boot?

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Jenna Wood 16 days ago

Just a general question regarding proposed changes. When I use the address look up tool it is only showing the proposed changes for 2020-2021, when do the proposed changes for 2021-2022 come out or are they the same changes just not labeled correctly?

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julie black 16 days ago

I just signed a contract to build a house in Holly Springs so my children would go to Holly Springs High School. We selected this housing development because we currently are not in HSHS district. 2021-2022 will my daughter's freshmen year in high school. I am not happy about the potential of her going to Fuquay. This is unacceptable.

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Mike Skog 16 days ago

So, my son, who will be in 9th next year, will be at Fuquay High, (in the Willow Spring building.) Then he'll stay in that building as Willow Springs High for the rest of his HS career. But my other son, who will be in 11th next year, will spend his senior year in the new Fuquay High? 2 students, 2 different schools?

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Ss Ww 16 days ago

If I'm reading things right (So I hope WCPSS Admin will comfirm this?) Grandfathering rules seem to say that your younger son can follow the older one to FV and stay at FV even after the older one graduates. However, bus service is only offered while the older son is at FV (to both kids). Once the older one grads FV, the younger one is no longer eligible for bus service (crazy!)

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Matt Dees admin 16 days ago

Mike, Ss Ww is right that your younger son would be able to stay at Fuquay-Varina High through the exit grade, under the current grandfathering proposal. Also correct that your younger son would not be eligible for district transportation after your older son graduates. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/40945

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Daniel Nakamoto 16 days ago

Holly Springs High School is literally 1.5 miles from my neighborhood on the Cass Holt road (the road the school is on). I would like the genius that drew up these maps to explain the logic of sending kids in my neighborhood from here all the way to Fuquay Varina High School?!?!?!

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Kathie Marshall 16 days ago

When we moved here 5 years ago, we chose where we lived so we could go to Fuquay Elementary, Middle and then High School. We've had two children graduate from FVHS and will have another graduate in 2021. We want our last 2 children to also be able to go to FVHS.
Your dividing line seems to be Sunset Lake Road, except for our neighborhood. I don't like that it is carved out of the community we should belong to.

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Matt Dees admin 15 days ago

Kathie, we will look into this and address in Draft 2.

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SG George 16 days ago

So how do you explain we living on rex road Holly Springs and 1.5 miles from Holly Springs high which is a 2 minute drive now proposed to go to willow springs high almost 10 miles away and a 23 minute drive by car.. i cant imagine how long the bus drive would be. I cannot believe this

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Lyndi Athy 16 days ago

So I just want to make sure I understand this correctly. My daughter will be entering her Junior year at Holly springs and my son entering his freshmen year when this changes. I would be able to grandfather my daughter in since she already attends and my son too since his sibling goes there already? If so will my son be able to finish all four years at holly springs after he is grandfathered in? Also when do we need to fill out request for them to be grandfathered in?

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Matt Dees admin 16 days ago

Lyndi, yes your daughter and son would both be able to grandfather and stay at Holly Springs through the exit grade. In this case, grandfathering requests would be made next year, likely in December. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/40945

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Jennifer Rivera 16 days ago

I believe it is showing for school year 21-22 current Holly springs HS students will move to Fuquay HS? My daughter will be in her second year at that High school (which we selected the house we live in because of Holly Springs schools). Will I need to request for her to be grandfathered to continue there late next year? Holly Grove elementary, middle and high school are all closer to my house then Fuquay or Garner schools. I do not like this change either.

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Matt Dees admin 16 days ago

Jennifer, yes your daughter would be eligible to grandfather under this proposal. That request would be submitted next year, likely December. We would of course will send out reminders. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/40945

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Lyndi Athy 16 days ago

Also I don’t understand why a subdivision that is 3 miles from Holly Springs High School and 10 miles away from Fuquay-Varina High School would be zoned to attend Fuquay-Varina High School. We just started building and specifically picked this location to attend Holly Springs High School. Very frustrating

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Laura Bishop 16 days ago

This is so frustrating. 2 years ago when we were reassigned to a new elementary school we were told by the Wake County assignment staff that they try not to impact the same families/addresses within a 6 year time period. But now the same areas and neighborhoods are being targeted to change high schools (from HSHS to FVHS) in 2021. We live much closer to Holly Springs High School (Rouse Rd) and our address is Holly Springs! Wake County needs to understand the concept of community and quit jerking families back and forth to different schools every couple of years.

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Courtney Davis 16 days ago

While I understand that this does not affect my children for 4 more years and it will most likely change again with your upcoming socioeconomic changes that will be taking place within the next 2 years; However, I am curious how moving my children to a school 2 more miles away (HSHS to FVHS) is maximizing transportation efficiencies? They are already on a bus for 40 minutes to their current elementary school that is 1 mile away from my house. You can’t actually look at that map and say it will be more efficient to travel an extra 2 miles? I live in the Oliver Creek subdivision. Please enlighten me on your logic.

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Matt Dees admin 15 days ago

We always try to assign students to the most proximate school, but it is not always possible in order to have balanced populations at each school. In this case we are proposing changes to account for both current crowding and projected growth.

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Amber Harrer at October 09, 2019 at 7:45pm EDT

My neighborhood, Avocet, is connected to Oliver Creek. My son and Courtney's son rode the same bus last year and it would take up the 45 minutes to get home from a school less than 2 miles away. We already have a shortage of buses and bus drives. How is this helping? I understand balance, but there is more logic that needs to be taken into account here that is carelessly and foolishly being tossed aside. We can hear Friday night football games at our house. I do not believe you at all addressed her question and am asking the same thing. How does this reassignment help the busing issue? If it takes my kids 45 minutes to get home from a school less than 2 miles away I can only imagine the time for them to get home from a school that is 6-8 miles away depending on the route with heavy traffic. Please, enlighten me.

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SEAN OTTALY 16 days ago

Put Somerset Farm subdivision back into Holly Springs HS zoning! We have a Holly Springs address! I don't want to have each of our kids graduate from two different HS. Somerset Farm is a small neighborhood, only 188 homes. Certainly this is not a needle mover redistricting kids out of our neighborhood to FQ. Drop that line further South!

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Ss Ww 16 days ago

is there a map available showing how the school districts were drawn for FVHS, WSHS and HSHS?

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Alexander Pustynskiy 16 days ago
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Matt Dees admin 16 days ago

You can go to page 48 of presentation as well to see a proposed before and after map.

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Alexander Pustynskiy 16 days ago

What is the point putting subdivisions under Grigsby Ave to FVHS? It is almost a center of Holly Springs and kid should go to another town HS. There is no even good transportation route to FV yet. Also middle school there is Holly grove, which is next to HSHS. Why put siblings such far away. Such zoning seems illogical at this draft. Please put Park Avenue subdivision back to HSHS.

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Laura Bishop 16 days ago

Please consider leaving areas west of Piney Grove Wilbon Rd. that directly connect to Cass Holt Rd. assigned to Holly Springs High. It is literally one or two right turns (with virtually no traffic) to HSHS--much safer for teen drivers! Additionally, our base middle school is Holly Grove Middle (THANK YOU for leaving that alone) so for families with multiple kids it makes sense to have them in the same campus area not in different towns.

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Rachel Taylor 16 days ago

I completely agree with this thinking. We live in Avocet neighborhood and we are 2 miles from HSHS which is a straight 5 minute (or less) drive down Cass Holt. You are proposing moving our children to a school 8 miles away and a 20 minute drive. I have driven that route to FVHS many times in the morning and there are several left hand turns during some of the busiest driving times. It is not safe for teen drivers. Additionally, you want us to stay at HGMS which is adjoining HSHS property, but move us to another town for HS? That makes no sense. We have just been impacted when we were forced to move to Buckhorn Creek ES and now again with our high schoolers. This is too much.

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SG George 16 days ago

I agree. Not sure why everything west of wilbon road (which is part of Holly Springs and closer to hshs) is not mapped to hshs. Extend everything west of north main if needed to fvhs instead of making them go to wshs

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Laura Bishop 16 days ago

Like this:

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Melanie Solomon 16 days ago

I have already had two children graduate from FVHS and have another set to finish at FVHS in 2021 and was hoping my last on in 2025 would get to do the same. We moved to Fuquay Varina so our children to attend local schools and grow up with life long friends. We are currently 4 miles form FVHS in Neils Crossing neighborhood off Angier Rd, do I have any options to keep my child at FVHS, I have no problem providing transportation. I believe Purfoy Rd would have been a better dividing line then Judd Parkway and with FVHS being under enrollment and all the development going on off Angier and Bowling Rd

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Matt Dees admin 16 days ago

Melanie, here is the proposed grandfathering policy. Perhaps this will answer your question? https://www.wcpss.net/Page/40945

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Debbie Negron 16 days ago

Please reconsider putting subdivisions off Grigsby Ave to FVHS. In fact that whole section that was craved out should be left alone. It makes no since to move a child out of a neighborhood school to be bused to another town's HS. My daughter is starting middle school next year in Holly Springs and we want her to stay in our town. We didn't buy a house in Holly Springs for her to attend Fuquay schools. If anything, new developments in Holly Springs should be assigned to the new schools, not established neighborhoods where they have older siblings already graduating from HSHS.

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Amanda Goering 16 days ago

My daughter will be going into her Junior year at Holly Springs High school when the proposal takes place. The proposal has her assigned to Fuquay Varina High School. Would she be eligible to be grandfathered into Holly Springs High School?

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Matt Dees admin 16 days ago

Yep, Tinaya is right.

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Tinaya Gray 16 days ago

Yes. From the Plan: High School Students • Students who experience an assignment change as a result of this proposal: • From an existing school to an existing school, all current students in 9th, 10th and 11th grades are eligible to request a transfer to “grandfather” at their current assignment. These requests will be approved if submitted during the designated application period. • Siblings of eligible grandfather students will also have their transfer requests approved if submitted during the designated application period. • Students who request to grandfather are transfer students and no transportation will be provided.

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Matt Dees admin 16 days ago

Thanks Tinaya!

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Tim Manhardt 16 days ago

This question was not addressed... What is the impact of student achievement to Holly Springs, Fuquay and Willow Spring with this proposal? Draft 1 looks imbalanced based on data accessible to the public.

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Matt Dees admin 16 days ago

Tim, disregard previous for now. I need to have our staff double check those figures. Will advise ASAP. Thank you for your patience.

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Tim Manhardt 14 days ago

Any update?

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Tim Manhardt 16 days ago

Is it just me, or when looking at the data it appears the placement of Willow Spring high is in error. A net new school added quite a distance from where the concentration of growth is happening. Middle Creek has room... Draft 1 shows Fuquay short at 69%. Overly large geographic area to support Willow Spring High. Heavy growth in close proximity to Holly Springs High. Carved out, division of neighborhoods and satellite assignments. This smells fishy and looks like the team is trying to minimize disruption rather than taking a step back and logically aligning boundaries with transportation as a significant factor. A move to FVHS would significantly increase risk for my student drivers... SIGNIFICANTLY. It seems others all throughout these four school boundaries have similar issues. Did transportation participate in this draft?

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SG George 16 days ago

I cannot agree more. They allow 600 house development to come up 1 mile from hshs on honeycutt, new development on cassholt, nee developments on rex east and west of cass holt and more.. yet new school for Holly Springs residents who are very close to hshs is 8-11 miles away in Fuquay-Varina. Where are the town officials in this planning?? May be they don’t care

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Tinaya Gray 16 days ago

As the parent of a child that would be a sophomore at WSHS upon opening, I would like to see data that supports the decision to open a HS with only Freshman and Sophomore classes and data around the impact of that decision. It appears to be that in quite a few areas - socially, extra-curricular, sports, and other essential components of HS experience, these children will get the very short end of the stick. Can you provide support for this decision, versus opening WSHS with all of it's students - that is the study on impact of changing high school for some students now attending FVHS and continuing at WSHS instead of going back to Fuquay location vs. WSHS not having a junior and senior class and the impact to the students who will be freshman and sophomores?

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Matt Dees admin 15 days ago

Tinaya, the best thing I can tell you is that the recent experience of students and families at Apex Friendship High School and Green Level High School has been overwhelmingly positive. Typically, JV football is offered the first year of the school opening, then varsity added the next year.

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Matt Dees admin 16 days ago

Also, check out this video we just put up about Green Level High. Their first year is off to a great start! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2XiEpOYJ0Y

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Matt Dees admin 16 days ago

Hi Tinaya, we got many of these same questions when we were discussing Green Level High, which opened to 9th and 10th graders this year. Here is a summary of a community discussion we had last year addressing these concerns:

-Every school is different in terms of what they offer in the first year. It’s all driven by student interest. -While every principal can take their own approach, they will all find ways to reach out to students and parents to gauge interest, possibly including parent meetings and course selection surveys. -If there are classes that aren’t offered because not enough students want to take it, students do have the option of taking the course online, or taking another elective and waiting a year or two to take the desired course. -A new school provides a rare and unique opportunity for freshmen and sophomores to lead. Being president of the National Honor Society as a 10th grader, for just one example, would look great on a college application. -College admissions officers would not look disfavorably on students coming from a newer school. -We can share one recent example of a new high school that opened recently for 9th and 10th graders: Apex Friendship High School. -In its first year, it offered band, including marching band, chorus, dance and AP Human Geography, along with the other core classes - including honors level - and electives. The school added more AP courses and drama in year 2, and offered the full range of AP courses in its third year. It offered varsity teams in all sports except football, and was able to field JV teams in most sports as well. At the start of the year, clubs such as Student Council, DECA and Key Club were offered, and other co-curricular and student interest clubs opened early in the school year. -We can’t guarantee this is exactly what will be offered in the first year, but this gives an idea of breadth of academic and extracurricular offerings. -Apex Friendship High School had its first graduating class this June. Graduates are moving on to the likes of Harvard, Duke, Baylor, Meredith, UNC, N.C. State, Appalachian State, Campbell, Hampden-Sydney, Queens College, N.C. Wesleyan, Wingate and many other top colleges and universities.

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Tinaya Gray 15 days ago

Thanks Matt. I can appreciate the efforts that are made to provide a full high school experience with regard to classes and activities, but I am hearing that there really is now way to do that. Does the administration have thoughts or data on the following: - What is the impact to students who will not have the experience of being lead by older students? I think a chance to learn and follow is important - What is the plan for football at Willow Springs High School?

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Tinaya Gray 16 days ago

Also, we know that research indicates a transition relationship between middle school and high school impacts student success. With all of these changes, are there plans for transitional relationship bridges between the local middle schools and the different high schools they will feed?

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robert kelly 16 days ago

FVHS at 69% seems a bit of an oversight?

Fuquay Varina has a huge traffic bottleneck around Sunset Lake Rd and 401/55. There are neighborhoods on the north side of 401 that are only 1 or 2 miles from FVHS. These neighborhoods (Ballentine/Bentwinds/etc) will now be re-routed to WSHS adding to this congestion.

Wouldn't it make sense to send students in these neighborhoods to FVHS, allowing a more balanced capacity and also reducing traffic congestion?

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Alexander Pustynskiy 15 days ago

My boys are 9th and 7th grade now. We are under contract for new house and will move to Holly Springs in January, switching schools to HSHS and HGMS. The grandfathering application is scheduled to December. Would we be eligible for grandfathering? How we should apply to it in our case?

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Cheryl Sommers 15 days ago

I am very disappointed with the proposal to move the neighborhoods off of Grigsby (Parks at Bass Lake and Park Avenue) to FVHS. We (along with my neighbors, several of whom have posted above) purchased our homes in Holly Springs (paying higher prices per sq ft by the way) so that our kids would attend HSHS, not FVHS. These neighborhoods are practically in the heart of HS, close enough to ride bikes or walk to the farmer's market and the downtown area. Holly Spring's fireworks are set off at Sugg Farm, practically our back yards. Please keep Holly Spring's small-town feel and keep these neighborhoods attending HSHS.

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Diana Johnston 15 days ago

We are currently assigned to Holly Springs High School, 2 miles from our home. The current proposal in Draft 1 changes that to Fuquay Varina High School, 5 miles away.

We moved to our current home 2 years ago (from the other side of Holly Springs) and one of the main deciding factors was the high school. We already had a child attending Holly Springs High and didn't want to change that. We also have a current middle schooler who has grown up with his brother attending Holly Springs High School and is familiar with it and plans on following in his brother's marching band footsteps at Holly Springs.

Looking at the new proposed map, Avocet is right on the border between Holly Springs and Fuquay High School.

I know you and others will be hearing from more residents of Avocet on this matter. This needs to be reconsidered. I do not want my child attending Fuquay High School. Our experience at Holly Springs High has been stellar and we do not want this change imposed on our family.

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Amy Dethlefsen 15 days ago

We live less than 2 miles, down one road, to HSHS. The new draft proposal would move my child to FVHS - 5.6 miles away through many neighborhoods and already clogged roads. It would not only be a hardship on our family to get him to and from school activities, it would put a strain on the already suffering WCPSS Transportation Dept. The move to a new school would also disrupt the many relationships my child has formed with his school community - teachers, counselors, coaches, and friends. We have lived in this community for almost a decade. These relationships took time to build. The BOE needs to take this into consideration when proposing school changes at the high school level. Why not put the new developments being built into the schools that need students? Families moving into those developments would know up front what school their children would attend without disrupting the neighborhoods that are already established. HSHS is not capped. Leave my child there.

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Mike Harrer 15 days ago

As a family who lived through the fiasco of Holly Grove/Buckhorn 2 years ago I can't fathom the thought of being forced to another district AGAIN. We moved to Holly Springs specifically for the schools. We are 2 miles from HSHS; my kids already get home on the bus from Buckhorn 45 mins after dismissal. With the shortage of buses and drivers, sending them all the way to FVHS hardly seems practical, much less intelligent. We were told last time that would not be affected for at least 6 years yet here we are again. At what point does common sense come in to play? Not to mention the families, relationships and lives that will be disrupted. Serious consideration must be given to keeping kids close to their current base schools.

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Julie Staskowski 15 days ago

The subdivision off of Cass Holt Rd, 2 miles from HSHS has already had to change schools on the elementary level last year. It is my understanding that those children would not be effected with another change for 6 years. If this proposal goes through then these same children who where in the higher elementary grades will in fact be effected by this change. Also as it is now it takes 30-45 mins on the bus to go those 2 miles from HGMS. How long will it take from FVHS

If this is being changed to accommodate the growth then the new developments/subdivisions should be the ones who are are zoned out of HSHS. They will have this info when they buy their houses. Being grandfathered in should be expanded to the already existing communities. Has anyone asked how are the children with all of these changes??? Something are to quantify but I’m sure social/emotional development is being impacted.

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Matt Dees admin 15 days ago

Julie, one point of clarification - we try not to have students at the same grade level (i.e. elementary, middle or high) change schools within three years.

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Matt Dees admin 15 days ago

Julie, can you tell me the name of the subdivision off Cass Holt?

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Lisa Martin 15 days ago

My daughter will be entering her senior year when the proposed change would take effect, moving her from Holly Springs High to Fuquay-Varina High. We live in the Avocet neighborhood. Below are the reason I (and nearly everyone else in my neighborhood oppose this change):

  1. Our neighborhood already dealt with a swap in schools just two short years when we were bumped from Holly Grove Elementary to Buckhorn Elementary. This change forced us to also endure a swap from year round to the traditional calendar. At that time, we were told we wouldn’t have to go through another change anytime soon.

  2. Switching students in high school disrupts their relationships with their teachers, coaches, counselors, etc. These relationships are essential to their college applications.

  3. Holly Springs High School is less than 2 miles from our neighborhood and is in fact on most people’s way to work in the morning. If we have to travel to Fuquay-Varina High School, we would be driving more than 12 miles out of the way round trip, in the opposite direction, adding at least 25 minutes to our commute times to work. The bus ride times would also dramatically increase. It makes very little sense to move our students to a school that is twice as far away from us. In short, HSHS is 1.9 miles from our neighborhood; FVHS is 5.6 miles.

  4. There are two new neighborhoods about to be built in this area; one that will include 700 new homes and another that will include 600 homes. These neighborhoods can be zoned for Fuquay-Varina rather than our established neighborhood to deal with the changing demographics.

  5. We all bought our homes here when we were based for Holly Springs High School. In fact, our assigned school was a major factor in our home buying decision.

  6. Our neighborhood is right on the newly drawn cut off for HSHS. The map would have to be moved less than a quarter mile to include our neighborhood.

Please please consider the dozens of emails you’re about to get from the Avocet neighborhood about this decision. We will also be coming to the board meetings to make our voices heard. We are begging you and the board to reconsider.

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Tim Manhardt 15 days ago

Way more families than Avocet are affected exactly as you describe for your neighborhood. There is a deeper fundamental issue that needs addressed. Your #4 is on point!!!!

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Karin Szymanski 15 days ago

It truly makes no sense why they pull kids from the neighborhood school and bus them elsewhere. I bought my house so my son could go to FVMS and then FVHS, we live right near downtown and this is our town. Now we are zoned for WSHS? It makes no sense. I hope they take this all into consideration.

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Karin Szymanski 15 days ago

I also bought a house close to downtown area so my child could easily walk to FVMS and then be close to FVHS. I do not know why Wake County Schools would take the neighborhood kids away from their neighborhood school? FV is a small town feel and I would like my child to attend his town school, that is located in his town. This will make me look at magnets and charters. Wake County schools needs to start thinking differently if they want to keep their kids in their seats. There are too many options now a days. This area already has high homeschool and is a target from more charters. I hope y'all take all of these comments into consideration!

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robert kelly 15 days ago

It seems to me that the root cause of all this is that WSHS was built kind of in the middle of nowhere and there are not enough students nearby to fill the school. So FV kids are being pulled to the in to make up the numbers, and in turn HS kids are being pulled into FVHS to fill that gap.

Instead of busing kids all over the map, how about addressing the root cause? That is WSHS does not have enough students in the nearby vicinity. Accept the fact that WSHS is going to be under enrolled until the area builds up. Incentivize families to choose to transfer to WSHS. It should not be too difficult - WSHS is a beautiful new school, I'm sure many families would choose to go there if given the choice and/or the incentive.

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Tommy Ba 15 days ago

I wonder how over 1300 new homes were able to be annexed into the town and get assigned to HS school district so quickly? Giving preference to these homes that aren’t even occupied yet over the existing families that have built their relationships and established their roots in the HS school district family is unconscionable

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robert kelly 15 days ago

It seems that HSHS should have been capped a while back in order to give current residents preference over new construction.

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Lisa Baldi 15 days ago

I don’t understand why the Avocet subdivision would be zoned from Holly Springs High School which is less than 2 miles to Fuquay-Varina High School which is more than double the distance. This is a safety concern being that you will have new drivers during peak morning rush hour driving double the distance with busy intersections and a main road, The Avocet sub division has already endured a school change at the elementary school level from Holly Grove Elementary to Buckhorn Creek Elementary, It doesn’t make sense that two brand new developments one of which is a further distance to Holly Springs High School than the Avocet are zoned for Holly Springs High School ( the houses are not even built yet) but an established neighborhood where the children already have strong ties to their community have to be uprooted to a new school . I think this puts the children’s safety at risk and I would like Wake County to give strong consideration to the emotional impact this will have on children.

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Kathe SizemoreHill 14 days ago

We live in Wildwood, where the original mapping didn't even have us marked as being slotted for re-districting. Our family, my daughter who attends HGMS and our two boys who are at HSHS are one of the main reasons like many above that we moved to Holly Springs. The schools are less than 5 five minutes away from our house. I understand that if this passes I could "grandfather" all 3 of them so that they could stay at HSHS, but without transportation, which to some degree doesn't seem fair. Where can I find the link to submit the grandfather request?

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Matt Dees admin at October 07, 2019 at 8:58am EDT

Kathe, can you tell me what you mean by the original mapping. As for grandfathering, in this case you wouldn't submit your request for that until next December, most likely. We will be sure to communicate the application window to all eligible families. All eligible students who submit a request will have the request approved.

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MaryAnn Louw at October 14, 2019 at 12:44pm EDT

I agree Kathe, not having transportation is unfairly burdening the families that are impacted.

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Kathe SizemoreHill at October 07, 2019 at 11:02am EDT

thank you Matt.

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Amy Lowe 14 days ago

Our neighborhood (Phillips Pointe) is on both sides of Judd parkway near downtown FV. Half will go to FVHS and half will go to WSHS. Why is the neighborhood split in half? FVHS is much closer than WSHS to our home.

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Kristy Gajowiak at October 04, 2019 at 9:19am EDT

I do not understand how the zoning was decided between FVHS and WSHS. Our neighborhood, West Oaks, has always been zoned to Ballentine Elementary, HGMS, and FVHS. With this proposed change, we are now slotted to go to WSHS. I have a child in HGMS that started in Ballentine in Kindergarten. We are the only neighborhood from this class to get rezoned. These kids have been together since Kindergarten and have built amazing friendships and support systems. It seems like this doesn't take current groupings of schools and children into account at all. Also, FVHS appears that it will be under utilized while WSHS will be at a much higher capacity. The area around WSHS is currently one of the fastest growing sections in Wake County, why not let the area grow into that school? Makes no sense at all. I believed that since Johnson Pond Road appears to be the dividing line between Banks Rd. elementary and Ballentine Elementary, that this would remain the line for the highschool. It makes so much more sense as it would cause the least disruption. Parents shouldn't have to consider moving in order to ensure that the well being of their children. Please re-consider the zoning of the high schools.

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Krista Thomas at October 04, 2019 at 9:33am EDT

I’m extremely unhappy about this. We built a home in Holly Springs specifically for the schools. My older 3 children will be protected by the grandfathering but my youngest child will not. Why is there not another option that allows parents who want to choose to allow their children to switch the option to alleviate the overcrowding? Will there be the ability to request transfers to allow my child to attend holly springs high school? It’s much closer to our home anyway and I want my child to finish her education at the holly springs schools as I originally intended.

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Matt Dees admin at October 04, 2019 at 9:50am EDT

Krista, you can request a transfer to any school during the Request for Transfer period, which usually takes place in late February/early March.

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Kathe SizemoreHill at October 04, 2019 at 10:52am EDT

Matt- When and how does the grandfathering work? I see the links and the proposal and the window, but will it be pretty straight forward when the time comes?? Our subdivision was never on the initial map and now it is. Like so many others above, we moved to Holly Springs and as close to HGMS and HSHS as possible to be able to have our children attend these schools....which should be noted that there is something about the teaching at these schools that parents want for their kids. Please advise....

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Matt Rish at October 04, 2019 at 4:13pm EDT

I'm writing about the movement of kids in the Wildwood development in Holly Springs to the new FV High School. My concern is that HSHS is less than a mile from our development. The school is essentially behind the trees in my backyard...we hear the sporting events from our house, the band, see the lights from the football games, etc. Why would we be moved 8 miles down the road when we are so close to HSHS? This doesn't seem to make sense to me. Thank you for your attention, and thank you in advance for your response.

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Susan Morgan at October 05, 2019 at 12:09pm EDT

Wildwood is an established residential single-family community consisting of 157 homes. We are located west of 55 bypass. Garrison and Grove Park Village are also residential single-family subdivisions located west of 55 bypass and SOUTH of us. Both Garrison and Grove Park Village remain districted to HSHS while Wildwood is singled out to go to Fuquay-Varina. Wildwood even has a history of sharing bus routes with Garrison to HSHS as recent as last year. Grove Park Village is not as established as a community as it is still under construction.
Wildwood is bordered by commercially zoned land. We share perimeters with the future Lowes Home Improvement and Wegmans development. The residents of Wildwood along with the Town of Holly Springs staff, The Mayor, and The Town Council have worked tirelessly with Lowes developers and the DOT to minimize expected traffic risks to the residents of Wildwood. The greatest concern has been the anticipated high volume of traffic these large stores will generate including tractor trailer delivery trucks and commercial contractor vehicles pulling trailers. Please take note of the recent opening at Wegmans store in Raleigh as to what Wildwood will experience regarding consumer traffic. The infrastructure of this approved development will direct most traffic away from Wildwood encouraging delivery trucks, tractor trailers and contractors to use the future entrance on 55 bypass or the future entrance on Ralph Stevens Road which will be located to the west of Wildwood’s only way in or out of the subdivision. Both Lowes Home Improvement and Wegmans will have the above-mentioned traffic activity before buses start running in the morning. Reassigning Wildwood to FV will cause buses and teen drivers to turn toward and navigate past these entrances negating all efforts to keep the residents safe. Wildwood needs to stay at HSHS in order to avoid travel dangers a reassignment to FV would bring. Also, we are less than a mile away from HSHS as a crow flies and we hear the high school football games from our homes. We would like to continue to enjoy the games and listen to the band and the other activities at Holly Springs as OUR school and not as a rival school. Please redraw your assignment line to keep Wildwood as part of HSHS. On a personal note: I moved to HS in 1996 prior to its first school opening. HS elementary. My sons were 9 and 10 years old. We went through many changes, reassignments and recalendaring. One son graduated from Apex, the other a year later from Middle Creek. I made no objections. I understand growth, overcrowding, and the need for balance. We were assigned to HSHS upon its opening in 2006 only to be reassigned to Apex Friendship in 2015. I did not object. Instead, I moved in order to remain at HSHS. I moved to Wildwood. Just prior to this proposed reassignment taking affect I will be graduating my youngest child, my daughter, from HSHS in spring of 2021. Therefore, I speak without emotion or bias but rather logic as I object to the reassignment of Wildwood to FV. Wildwood would be best served to remain part of HSHS. There are alternative subdivisions available for reassignment to reduce overcrowding and create the balance needed, who’s residents will not face the traffic risks Wildwood will and/or who do not live so close to HSHS that they can hear the High School from their homes. From a safety standpoint Mainstreet Square east of 55 bypass would be a better choice for reassignment than Wildwood. I ask the School Board to look at East Southeast sections of Holly Springs for some other possible alternatives. I also agree with others that any new developments including those currently under construction should be looked at as priority for reassignment. Look as far east as Bass Lake Road and Sunset Lake Road, if not to go to FV then to Willow Spring or Middle Creek. Westcott is quite a distance from HSHS and has new communities being built nearby. This would be a great section to consider for reassignment. Brook Manor and Logan’s Manor are other great options as they are a good distance away from HSHS and both still under construction. More of the lower section of Middle Creek HS could go to Willow Springs and the East section of Holly Springs moved to Middle Creek since that school is so close to the east side of Holly Springs. Reassignment of Wildwood will Undo what the town has accomplished with Lowes, Wegmans and the DOT for the safety of our residents in one swift act.

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Shannon Watson at October 07, 2019 at 9:35am EDT

Yes, please keep the Wildwood subdivision districted for Holly Springs HS. Our kids would be able to walk to school. Switching to a school that is 5 miles away does not make sense and poses more problems than solutions.

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Susan Morgan at October 05, 2019 at 1:02pm EDT

Correction, the entrance to Lowe's and Wegmans on Ralph Stevens Road will be to the east of Wildwood,s only entrance, not the west.

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LaRonda Scott at October 05, 2019 at 7:30pm EDT

As expressed by so many, the idea of of my children's base school changing is both disappointing and frustrating. My family just purchased a home within the HSHS zone for the sole purpose of our children remaining at HSHS. This was a big financial decision for our family. This isn't a move that happened years ago. We purchased and moved into our home back in April - April 2019! Our new neighborhood is just 3.6 miles away from HSHS. The drive from our neighborhood is quiet with minimal traffic. Changing their base school would mean placing them at a school that's 8 miles away and having to maneuver a great deal of morning traffic on major roadways. This is especially true at the Piney Grove Wilbon and Duncan Cook Road intersection. Avoiding that nasty intersection would only add miles and time to their commute. PLEASE reconsider and redraw your assignment map to keep Duncans Ridge at HSHS.

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Liz Aguilar at October 15, 2019 at 2:10pm EDT

I agree. We are in Vintage Pointe, my kids would have to go through Piney Grove Wilbon across 55 when HSHS is 3 minutes away.

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Serena Saw at October 06, 2019 at 4:42pm EDT

It does not make sense for our neighborhood (Ballentine) and other neighborhoods along Sunset Lake Road to be rezoned to WSHS when FVHS is a 5 minute drive that avoids the center of town versus a 15 min drive clear across town and right through the middle of the busy 55/401/42 intersections. My current FVHS senior has experienced both drives. We are already zoned to Holly Grove Middle and then to send high school students in the opposite direction does not make sense for families. Wouldn't a dividing line along Main St and Johnson Pond Rd. make more sense? Especially with a low projected enrollment for FVHS? There are plenty of neighborhoods that are willing to stay zoned for FVHS.

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Kimberly ColeBrown at October 07, 2019 at 9:34am EDT

Please consider keeping the Avocet Neighborhood at HSHS. HGMS is our middle school, and these kids need consistency. Furthermore, you just impacted us by changing us to Buckhorn Creek. Avocet is less that 2 miles from HSHS, which is much closer than FVHS, safer for teen drivers, and will allow my family to volunteer and participate in the life of the school. We chose our neighborhood because of the schools... I also think it is very important for kids to go to school with other students that live in their community...

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Purna Yal at October 07, 2019 at 10:45am EDT

Yes, for the purpose of SAFETY, SECURITY and the convenience, keep Wild wood community under the Holly Springs High school. Thanks for understanding, WCPSS!

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Amber Harrer at October 09, 2019 at 7:30pm EDT

I am writing in response to the new Proposed Reassignment Plan, specifically the reassignment of the Avocet Community to Fuquay Varina HS. If you recall, we were drastically impacted last year with the opening of Buckhorn Creek Elementary due to our kids being reassigned, but mostly by it being opened as a traditional calendar school and facing misaligned schedules for the foreseeable future. After fighting hard in support of opening as a YR school due to population growth needs and alignment of calendars and losing 5-4 in the vote, it was very disheartening to hear Mr. Martin say we need to look at opening more YR schools to accommodate the growth needs. I start with all of this as our community is once again being impacted by another alignment shift that, frankly, makes no sense and is not in the best interest of the students and families in our community. During this time, the board expressed they do not want to impact the same set of students within a 6 year period and this plan, as proposed, will drastically impact those same set of students. Children who are currently in 3rd grade and above, who were impacted by the move to BCES are going to be the same kids impacted by this assignment plan in the Avocet and Oliver Creek communities. Do not continue to displace this children and ask them to continue to rebuild during these critical phases in their lives. Let us stay at HSHS. Our community is reaching out to you in solidarity to ask you to please reconsider assigning Avocet and to leave us with HSHS. Many of us are facing misaligned calendars in the coming years and the saving grace is having the schools close by. This will allow us to be both actively involved parents with our children, as well as our schools. We are a smaller community of around 250 homes who continue to be impacted by rezoning year after year. Our neighborhood is well established having been here for 10 years and are being pushed out of our local school that is 2 miles from my home (FVHS is anywhere between 6-8 miles depending on route), door to door, by new neighborhoods that are popping up. Our kids are established in the current schools that feed into HSHS and have developed strong relationships within their peer groups. High school is not the time to take that away from them and move them to a new peer group socially, psychologically, or emotionally, nor does it align with the pillars established by the board. While I acknowledge, statistically speaking, both high schools are similar in their performance, I do believe there could be a shift when kids are taken from what they know and are comfortable with at a fragile point in adolescent development and being asked to start over building and establishing social crowds and peer groups. The toll this takes on children is drastic. HSHS is not capped, and even if it were, many of the families living in Avocet have been here quite some time and would more than likely meet any grandfathering parameters set in place, much as they did with HGES years back, prior to the reassignment to BCES. Much of the information shared in the board meeting was not accurate; such as HSHS and FVHS being the same distance from each other at the 1:33 mark in the work session (see above). I am also trying to wrap my brain around the idea of new homes being built along Avent Ferry essentially getting to retain neighborhood schools while those of use who have been established are being pushed out. Our kids are already dealing with constant changes from elementary to middle and having to change peer groups and reestablish and are now being asked to do this again going middle school to high school. We are really focused on what is best for our children. Why would you move the kids who can literally hear Friday night football games from that school rather than kids who are coming in from the north and east sides of HS. FV is also experiencing unprecedented growth and will need that space for their residents in the near future. Please, we are begging you, to let our kids stay at HSHS. We are looking for some semblance of stability for our children as they enter some of their most critical years in high school. These proposed changes have the ability to not only negatively impact them over those 4 years, but for the rest of their lives. I provided all school board members a new map which moves Avocet and Oliver Creek, two smaller neighbor hoods, back to HSHS and shows how small this area is. We are an extremely involved community and moving us to FVHS will take away our ability to do so. We would like to remain involved with our local schools, supporting them, and our children as we believe this is a critical time in their lives and operate as a very close community. Please allow us the opportunity to do that.

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Tommy Ba at October 12, 2019 at 9:22am EDT

So what happened to waiting until the schools cap out and sending the new enrollees to adjoining schools? Maybe it’s time to use some of all those tax dollars coming in from the enormous amount of new homes that are being approved to crowd up our town and build another high school so the existing families can stay where they are!

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MaryAnn Louw at October 14, 2019 at 9:14am EDT

I am an Avocet resident and I very upset that our children are once again being used as pawns by the Wake County Board of education. Two years ago, our children's lives were put in an upheaval when they were moved to a new elementary school. They now must deal with going to a traditional school to a year-round middle school and then back to a traditional high school. How does that make any sense? We were promised by the board two years ago that our kids would not be impacted again for another 6 years. Yet here we are two years later, and these same kids will be impacted again.
We live 1.7 miles from HSHS. It is a straight shot up Cass Holt road an easy 5 min ride. This will impact many families that drop their kids off at school on their way to work. I work in Cary and I already have a long commute (24 miles) if I have to drive my daughter to FVHS it will add an additional 12+ miles to my commute as well as increasing the already insane traffic on the 55 bypass. You are forcing young new drivers to drive further away which includes making some unsafe and impossible left turns during rush hour to get to FVHS.
What I don't understand is why a school was built in Willow Springs? To fill that school, you move kids from FVHS and then to fill FVHS you move kids from HSHS? No one is happy about their kids having to move. This makes no sense. HSHS is not capped and neither is FVHS. Please leave our children alone and move Avocet back to HSHS. Our children go to elementary and middle school in Holly Springs and to make them move to FVHS will mean that they will leave a lot of friendships behind. High school is a time when they need to have stable relationships with friends. It is a major part of a teenager’s life.
Avocet has been an established community for over a decade and yet homes that are yet to be built will get to have their children go to HSHS. It should be the new home owners that have to have their kids moved to a school further away. When they purchase their homes, they will be aware what schools their kids will be attending. We purchased our home because we wanted our kids to go to HSHS. I came from a state that had an excellent education system none of this ever was necessary and the kids were never bussed to a school further away.

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Matt Dees admin at October 14, 2019 at 1:56pm EDT

MaryAnn, in response to your question below, not sure how to answer without knowing your specific situation. Here are the proposed grandfather rules. If this doesn't answer your question let me know. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/40945

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ALICE RUP at October 14, 2019 at 2:14pm EDT

Hi there!! Oliver Creek is 1.5 miles from Holly Springs High School! Why are you all putting kids on a bus to a school further away?

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Matt Dees admin at October 16, 2019 at 9:27am EDT

Hi Alice, definitely understand where you're coming from, but it is impossible to send every student in the district to their absolute closest schools. We have no control over where housing developments are built nor how large they can be. There is also limited land available for us to purchase for new schools, and we can't always find it in the most optimum locations. This proposal is seeking to ensure healthy school populations at Willow Spring, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs high schools. Please also keep in mind the proposed grandfathering rules, which would allow all Holly Springs High students affected by this proposal to stay at their current school though without transportation. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/40945

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MaryAnn Louw at October 16, 2019 at 10:17am EDT

Matt, I am thankful for the ability to allow our kids to be grandfathered. But not having transportation is a burden for parents that can not afford to buy a car for just my one daughter. Some families impacted can't afford to buy a car for any of their kids. This is an unfair financial burden being placed on us. My daughter will be a senior when this happens. How can I let her be moved her last year because I can't afford to have a car specifically for her to use. We have a car for her and my older daughter (who will be attending Wake Tech) so my high schooler will not have transportation home every day. :(

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Liz Aguilar at October 15, 2019 at 2:20pm EDT

I have both questions and comments. My daughter will be starting 10th grade at HSHS 21-22, will she be eligible to grandfather into HSHS? If so, my other daughter will begin 9th grade in 2023-2024 (the other child will be in 12th), will she be grandfathered based on the fact that her sister will be attending HSHS, and will she be allowed to stay through exit?

My family is a military family. My husband received orders here, and we decided to purchase our home around the schools and community we wanted our children to attend. After so many years of moving around the country, and seeing our kid’s disappointment every time they had to move schools, we promised to provide them stability. This summer, my husband received orders to California for four years to deploy shortly after. Because of the schools and the promise we made, we decided that he would execute orders alone while we stayed behind. We sacrificed the family being together for our children, and now it seems like it went in vain.

Every year other military service members in the area and I fill out the Military-Connected Students Data Form. The form states that per NC Session Law 2014-15, you will support families during transitioning, with deployed parents, and during pivotal times. The Department of Education provides extra funding through the Federal Impact Aid, for each military child that attends your schools, so that you can provide resources to families like mine during these times. With that said, this is a pivotal time during this and future deployments for my family. We need and want to stay at HSHS. We need and want transportation to HSHS. Reassigning them would emotionally devastate my children that will already be dealing with a father overseas. It would also pose a significant hardship for my family. I would have to choose between working and staying home so that I can transport my children to school.

We choose to live in Holly Springs, not Fuquay-Varina. We LOVE our community, our schools, and want to remain at Holly Springs High School with the teachers we have come to know and love. We have built relationships with staff, administrators, and have worked closely with our community to help support the school with fundraisers and volunteer hours. Moving children to the other side of town will drastically change the amount of time and effort, parents can participate in school events.

Our subdivision is Vintage Pointe, a subdivision with 26 homes. There are five students, five, that go to HSHS. As they exit out, new ones will attend, and guess what? It will only be a handful of kids each time. Not enough to make a difference to your reassignment plan. Please leave the Vintage Pointe subdivision students alone. Why are you willing to bus my children farther away, down Piney Grove Wilbon and across 55? This will create more traffic, more risk (put seat belts on the buses), and create more transportation issues for an already broken system when they are 4 minutes away from HSHS? Why are Fuquay-Varina students assigned to Holly Springs High? If you need to relieve crowding at HSHS, then reassign students that live in FV back to FVHS, instead of moving students that live in HS to FV. Why not reassign those students back to FVHS and leave the HSHS students alone? Why did the board lie to parents and say students affected by the BCES reassignment would not face these same issues for at least another six years? Why do you make these Drafts without polling the community first, which will lead to better planning? Why do parents not get a say? Why are parents not heard?

I sincerely hope that you are all listening to the people that live in this community, that have a better understanding of community needs and wants.

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Matt Dees admin at October 16, 2019 at 10:47am EDT

Liz, your daughter who will be in 10th grade in 2021 would be eligible to grandfather under the current proposal. Your younger daughter also would be eligible to grandfather under the proposed rules, as long as the older sibling is scheduled to be attending the school at the same time the rising 9th grader is requesting to attend, which sounds like will be the case. Under the proposed rules, all grandfathered high school students are allowed to remain at the school until they graduate.

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Matt Dees admin at October 16, 2019 at 9:21am EDT

Liz, this is the forum where parents are heard. Staff and board members review and consider all feedback as they work toward a final plan. Keep in mind this is just a Draft 1 proposal.

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Melanie Kramer at October 16, 2019 at 2:28pm EDT

How can I see the details of the maps? I am looking at the draft document, but cannot zoom in or see street names.

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Laura Bishop at October 16, 2019 at 10:18pm EDT

Liz's comment about the size of her neighborhood really resonated with me. My neighborhood (Scarborowood) has 13 houses. While you are hearing from a lot of Avocet residents and I agree that they should not be re-zoned either, I do not want my small neighborhood to get lost in the shuffle. The way the draft 1 map is drawn the HSHS area comes about 3/4 of the way down Rouse Rd. on the north side and then stops shortly before my neighborhood. It would be logical to extend the HSHS area to include these few homes and stop at the natural dividing line, where Rouse Road ends at Piney Grove Wilbon. It seems this would make sense for bus routes as well to avoid sending buses from 2 different high schools down the same small stretch of road. Since very few students are affected I cannot see how this would significantly impact the enrollment numbers. Thank you.

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