It looks like the Wake County school board will move forward and add two new magnet programs next year at Smith and Brentwood elementary schools.
As noted in today's article, both schools have F&R populations that far exceed the district's goal of having no more than 40 percent of a school's population receiving free and reduced priced lunch.
At Thursday's worksession, Chuck Dulaney, Wake schools' assistant superintendent for growth and planning, said making Smith and Brentwood magnets would not affect other nearby magnet schools.
Wake is reviewing magnets on a yearly basis to determine if magnet schools still meet the goals of reducing poverty and supporting diversity, maximizing school facilities and providing more educational opportunities.
Parents have long said Wake needs more magnet schools.
David Ansbacher, Wake schools' senior director of magnet programs, said because Smith and Brentwood are under capacity, there would be room for new students and base students attending those schools.
The board will receive information on themes for Smith and Brentwood in October, when a final vote is expected.