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Delaying reassignment to Cary High

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It's no mistake that the North Harrison Avenue families are slated to wait until 2010 to be reassigned to Cary High.

In the draft plan, those nodes were slated to be reassigned from Panther Creek High to Athens Drive High in 2009-10. Administrators said they'd recommend moving them to Cary HIgh instead, as urged by the parents, in the revised plan.

But what surprised those nodes when the plan came out last month is that they won't go to Cary High until 2010.

Asst. Supt. Chuck Dulaney said they recommended moving those nodes in 2010 as part of an effort to spread the impact of moving 630 students from Panther Creek to Cary High. He said moving most of the students in 2009 and the rest in 2010 will "reduce the one year impact on staffing at the two schools."

Sharon O'Donnell, one of the parents who led efforts to move the nodes to Cary High, said there are pros and cons to moving in either year.

She said some parents are upset they're not going in 2009 because they want to avoid having students start at Panther Creek and adjust to a new school in 2010. Those folks may be able to transfer into Cary High in advance of reassignment.

School administrators have indicated they'll try to approve the advance transfer requests when they have space.

O'Donnell said some parents are glad it's being delayed because they like Panther Creek and don't want to leave.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.
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