Transfer appeal season is off and running.
As noted in today's article, the school board heard more than 200 appeals on Monday. It's the first of several hearings scheduled for this month.
The board is dealing with the first group of people whose transfer requests were rejected by staff.
As of Friday, staff had approved 2,415 of 3,884 requests. Of those approved, 1,528 were awarded under the grandfathering provisions.
Three separate panels were running on Monday. Kevin Hill and Horace Tart were in one. Ron Margiotta and Lori Millberg were in another. The third group was heard by Beverley Clark and Patti Head.
Margiotta joked that they didn't put him and Tart on the same panel because they recommend approving too many of the appeals.
The full board reviews the recommendations from each panel and then votes on each appeal individually.
Most of the appeals are from people who are trying to reverse reassignments or who had their February magnet or year-round applications rejected.
For instance, Brian and Nancy Wisniewski of North Raleigh had filed a magnet application in February for their daughter to attend kindergarten at Wiley Elementary School. Zoe was adopted from China.
The parents thought it made sense for Zoe to attend Wiley because the school offers Chinese, not something you can get at any Wake elementary school.
But their application was denied because of Wiley's popularity and the fact their base school is Fox Road Elementary.
Fox Road is out of the top selection tiers for Wiley because 62 percent of its students are low income.