Here's some bad news for the Conn Elementary parents in Node 94 who had hoped to be reassigned to Underwood Elementary.
The school board voted this morning to leave the kids at Conn. The charge was led by Beverley Clark, who argued they need to leave the kids at Conn.
This node was not in the draft plan, prompting these Raleigh parents to argue they should be attending Underwood because they're within walking distance. When Asst. Supt. Chuck Dulaney said he'd add it to the revised plan, parents at the CEM meetings thanked him.
But during the work session, Clark complained that Underwood's low-income percentage of 24 percent was too low for a magnet school. She said that if they're going to hold Lacy to a standard of not having enough LI kids then it should be the same for Underwood.
Clark added that Conn, which has an LI percentage of more than 40 percent shouldn't lose that node.
“I don’t think we should move them out of Conn," Clark said. "It will not help Conn.”
Clark downplayed the assertions that these parents are within walking distance of Underwood. She said they're close to Conn as well. She said they can "scoot down to Whitaker MIll [Road]" by car and get to Conn quickly.
After voting to leave the node at Conn, the board also agreed to ask staff to find a high-needs node to send to Underwood to raise its LI percentage.