If nothing else, the Cary families fighting reassignment from Apex High to Athens Drive High win recognition for being vocal and organized.
As noted in today's article by Bonnie Rochman, they've got a web site and done their own analysis of the plan to counter the rationale used by school administrators. Whether it will resonate with the school board is the big question.
School administrators say moving the students reduces crowding at Apex High and will "better utilize available space at Athens Drive High." Those Cary students are also assigned to Dillard Drive Middle, which feeds into Athens Drive.
It will also help, along with other moves, to "improve the balance between Cary High, Athens High and Apex High regarding service to students with higher needs."
The Cary parents contend that Apex High isn't overcrowded due to the recent installation of modular classrooms on campus.
The parents are also saying that while Athens Drive High's percentage of low-income students is higher than Apex High, it's still in line with inside the Beltline schools such as Broughton and Enloe.
The parents also contend that Athens only appears to be undercapacity because of the recent installation of eight modular units.
But Asst. Supt. Chuck Dulaney said it's better to take advantage of the available space at Athens Drive than to pay the high cost of moving the modulars to another school.
The Cary parents are also using what have become typical arguments for groups fighting high school reassignments. They say far fewer kids will actually go after grandfathering and that students are at greater risk of accidents from driving a longer distance.
The latter two arguments are used so often that school board members don't even bring them up when they propose changes to the reassignment plan.
The parents and students from Nodes 383.3 and 384.4 will hold a protest shortly before Monday evening's public hearing at Apex High.
Calla Wright, president of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children, says that moving the kids to Athens serves a greater good.
"I know the MacGregor Downs kids aren't low performing," Wright said. "If you look at the kids at Apex, they're not low performing. But when you look at Athens Drive High, you can understand why the reassignment plan is needed. You have to look at a plan that will benefit all children."