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It's going to be tomorrow before the student enrollment for the first day is available.

Michael Evans, Wake's chief communications officer, said the total won't be available today because of delays getting the information back from all the schools.

In addition, Evans disputed a media report that said there were widespread bus problems today. He acknowledged there were "glitches." But he said there have only been a few complaints, similar to what you'd normally find on the opening of school.

"It's not coming unglued like one would think if there were rampant problems," Evans said.


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Give him credit......

Have to give WCPSS PR hack lot of credit -- he knows how to "spin" a story. The sad thing is that 80% of the lemmings in Wake County actually believe all the BS that comes out of his office.

Hey Mike, think of all the money you would make if you went to work for the Wake County Home Builders Association!


I got behind a bus this morning that literally stopped at each and every driveway on a rural Wake County Road. What's up with these kids who can't walk 10 feet to an adjoining home's driveway? These were all HS & MS aged kids...all looked quite able-bodied and very well fed. In several cases the bus waited several minutes as these HUGE kids SLOWLY walked out of the house and SLOWLY boarded the bus and took forever to get under enough self control to take a seat. Meanwhile traffic was backed up in both directions. I wonder how much gas was wasted waiting on these LAZY students. Given this is Traditional Calendar's Day # 1, I plan to call transportation if it continues to become a pattern.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.