There's both good news and bad news in the first round of the Wake County student assignment plan choice selection results.
As noted in today's article, the results showed that 74.9 percent of the 19,048 applicants got their first-choice school. Superintendent Tony Tata touted that 97 percent of students are going to the school they want by including with the successful first-choice applicants all the other existing families who took their preliminary assignment and didn't apply.
But problems include how some schools didn't get many applicants, particularly Abbotts Creek Elementary and Richland Creek Elementary, a pair of new schools slated to open for the 2012-13 school year.
Staff said they may recommend delaying one or both of the new schools. In the meantime, they'll present information on the capacity and number of applicants at the schools around Abbotts Creek and Richland Creek to show what could happen if they're delayed.
It was hard selling both schools because they're opening in modular campuses until their permanent buildings are ready.
Abbotts Creek would be housed next to East Millbrook Middle School in North Raleigh. Pending funding in the next bond issue, it would open next to the North Wake Landfill on Durant Road.
Richland Creek will be located at the DuBois Center in Wake Forest. The funding for the permanent campus off U.S. 1 near the Franklin County line is part of the unspent 2006 bond money that was recently reallocated for other purposes.
Staff previously told the board that, based on other districts which have used choice plans, it's generally not hard to fill a new school. They had told the board that new elementary schools might only open with K-3.
But only one student made Abbotts Creek his/her first choice. Only two students made Richland Creek their first choice.
If either school is opened, staff said they might have to fill it with newcomers and people who made it their second- or third-choice.