Get ready for some overcrowding in parts of the county now that assignments to Forest Ridge High, Rolesville Middle and Walnut Creek Elementary have been put on hold.
As noted in today's article, the school board voted Tuesday to delay the assignments to those three schools by two years because the recession has delayed when they'll open. There will be consequences.
Not assigning students to Forest Ridge High until 2012 means that Wake Forest-Rolesville and Wakefield high schools will need to keep their off campus ninth-grade centers until at least then.
Asst Supt. Chuck Dulaney said the opening of Heritage High in 2010 means that high schools in the northeastern part of the county won't be any more crowded in the next couple of years than they are now.
But Dulaney said they'll have to scuttle the idea of using the current 9th-grade centers to early start an elementary school or middle school.
"We do anticipate some negative impact on our elementary and middle schools because we won’t be able to use the 9th-grade centers for something else,” Dulaney told the board.
You could see more modular units coming to schools in northern Wake now.
The delayed opening of Rolesville Middle until 2013 could aggravate overcrowding at Wake Forest-Rolesville and Heritage middle schools.
Dulaney said they may need to add more modular classrooms to Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle.
As for Heritage Middle, Dulaney said they could reduce the number of year-round applicants accepted into the school. But he said this could worsen crowding at Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle and reduce the ability of families to keep elementary and middle school siblings on a year-round calendar.
Board member Lori Millberg said a number of Wakefield Middle parents say their lives would be made "infinitely easier" by making the school year-round.
Dulaney said it's something that the board might want to discuss with county commissioners as they decide how much to use year-round schools in the next bond issue.
Dulaney said the school they're going to have to watch more closely because of the delayed opening of Walnut Creek Elementary to 2013 is Hodge Road Elementary.
Dulaney said they might have to add more modulars to Hodge Road and use spot nodes, which would send students to a different school.
But Millberg said she's worried that Hodge Road no longer looks demographically like other Knightdale schools. She said that Hodge Road is so out of line now that "everybody who can get out tries to get out.'
Millberg said they had been hoping that reassigning students to Walnut Creek would help Hodge Road. She said she's not sure that the board can let the situation continue at Hodge Road while waiting for Walnut Creek to open in 2013.
Another school impacted by delaying Walnut Creek is Timber Drive Elementary. Options at Timber Drive include adding more modulars, accepting fewer year-round applicants and reducing the school's application area.
Dulaney said it may become necessary in the next year to propose additional changes to the reassignment plan because of the delayed openings. But he said his staff wasn't prepared to make that call Tuesday.
Click here for a district link that summarizes the impact of delaying the assignments.