Will they leave western Wake to go to East Garner Middle School?
That's one of the questions that the school system will find out during next year's magnet application period. School administrators say the magnet draw area for East Garner will be enlarged to include Cary and Apex.
Now that it's official that Daniels Middle School is losing its magnet program, East Garner could get an even larger share than planned.
Daniels has been offering the International Baccalaureate program, just like East Garner and East Millbrook middle schools.
But East Garner hasn't been able to get as many applicants as hoped. This year, the school got 47 applicants. Daniels had 123 applicants.
The lack of applicants has helped keep East Garner from reducing its high F&R rate. This year, it's at 56 percent. It's 31 percent at Daniels.
At Monday's board meeting, the western Wake magnet parents from Daniels said the distance to East Garner or East Millbrook was too far.
Parents also said that East Garner was too crowded to take more magnet applicants as it's at 122 percent of capacity. But the school district could deal with that by moving base kids out.
If Daniels had kept its IB program, staff said they'd have recommended moving 200 to 250 base students out to raise its magnet percentage to 40 percent of the enrollment. But they said that increase would have negatively impacted the health of East Garner and East Millbrook.