It's time to temper your enthusiasm if you were one of the parents who were happy about the changes announced Monday to the draft reassignment plan.
As noted in today's article, the reassignment picture for high schools is now up in the air due to the school board's apparent desire to remove Broughton High's magnet program. Unless some of the board members have second thoughts before next Wednesday's meeting, Broughton will lose the IB magnet program and another school will get it now.
Demagnetizing Broughton and magnetizing another school is going to require some major revisions to the draft plan. Asst. Supt. Chuck Dulaney said this means that Dec. 20 and not Dec. 16 would now be the likely release date for the revised plan.
Magnet adjustments could have obvious consequences to the changes announced on Monday. For instance, those changes could be impacted if Athens Drive High or Cary High got a new IB program.
Staff would have to find a way to leave enough magnet seats for any school that was magnetized.
As for Broughton, you can bet that many parents of the 593 students who'd be moved out to open up magnet seats would want to stay after demagnetization.
One result of the Broughton situation, school board members acknowledged, is that it does weaken some of the value to the remaining community engagement meetings. Parents can still propose high school changes but staff will have to wait on the board's decision Wednesday.
Then again, it's possible that the people who support keeping Broughton's magnet program could do such a major lobbying effort over the next week that board members leave the IB program there.
If Broughton stays a magnet school, Monday's changes are more likely to stick and the Dec. 16 release date is still doable.