It looks like Wake County teachers want to work in more affluent schools.
The most requested schools for teacher transfers are typically those in more affluent parts of the county. Wake schools with higher poverty levels tend to see far fewer requests from teachers to work there. (The requests are made by current teachers who want to work elsewhere in Wake.)
Excluding the new schools opening this summer, the five most requested schools this year are Davis Drive Middle, Holly Springs Elementary, Salem Middle, Brier Creek Elementary and Holly Ridge Elementary.
Excluding the alternative schools and the four separate small schools on East Wake High's campus, the least requested schools are Zebulon Middle, Knightdale High, Wendell Middle, East Wake Middle and Wakelon Elementary.
This pattern can also been seen in prior years.
Looking at individual schools this year, one big red flag is that Knightdale High had the most teachers of any school requesting to leave. But the school had a relatively low number of people requesting to work there. The school's results on the latest Teacher Working Conditions survey are pretty bad.
Among the schools undergoing conversion back to a traditional calendar, Leesvile Road Elementary bad 211 teachers requesting to work there with 23 wanting to leave. At Leesville Road Middle, 182 asked to work there while 23 requested to leave. At Mills Park Elementary, 237 wanted to come and 15 wanted to leave.
At Green Hope Elementary, whose conversion was approved by the old board, 232 wanted to come and 12 wanted to leave.
As to how much value to weigh each item, Stephen Gainey, assistant superintendent for human resources, said when he was a principal he focused more on how many teachers wanted to leave as opposed to how many wanted to work at his school.
Click here for the spreadsheet with year-by-year totals since 2007 for teacher transfer requests by school. As you can see, a teacher can include multiple schools on a request.
If you hear someone citing these numbers to say 28,000 teachers want to work in Wake, well they're wrong. These are the requests from the 1,699 current Wake teachers who filed paperwork listing a whole bunch of schools they're interested in transferring to this fall.
You'll note that there was a sharp increase in 2008 in the number of requests to work at schools. No one in the district could explain the spike, such as whether there was a change in methodology or some other factor.