The newly adopted Wake County student reassignment plan could help produce some sharp changes this fall in the percentages of students receiving subsidized lunches at some schools.
This handout was presented by staff at Tuesday's school board meeting following a request by school board member Anne McLaurin. During the votes on the individual items, the Democrats often cited the changes in the F&R rates for them voting no.
For instance, the Walnut Creek feeder pattern moves are projected to increase Southeast Raleigh High's F&R rate from 40.2 percent this year to 50.3 percent this fall.
Walnut Creek Elementary is projected to open at 81.4 percent F&R. Schools sending students to Walnut Creek are projected to see drops in their low-income rates. For instance, Jeffreys Grove Elementary would drop from 40.3 percent F&R to 27.3 percent and Hilburn Elementary would fall from 48 percent to 41.8 percent.
Some other schools would see sharp drops as well. For instance, Davis Drive Elementary's F&R rate would fall from 18.9 percent to 6.2 percent. Davis Drive is sending 175 students to Combs, Reedy Creek and Smith elementary schools, all projected to see increases in the F&R rate.
Sycamore Creek Elementary is projected to see its F&R rate from 12.9 percent to 4.7 percent. The school is sending 128 students to Green Elementary, which is projected to see a boost in its F&R rate.
The board got the data at the last minute because F&R rates are no longer routinely included in the assignment plan since socioeconomic diversity was dropped from the student assignment policy last year. Growth and Planning had to ask Evaluation and Research to help them compile the numbers for Tuesday.