I'm going to try to hit some of the high points of the plan here.
First, the three-year plan affects 26,771 students. It starts with 8,162 students in 2009-10, 14,200 in 2010-11 and 4,409 in 2011-12.
Administrators are recommending unconverting Knightdale Elementary School for the 2009-10 school year. But it comes with a catch.
All of Knightdale's staff and most of the students would be reassigned to the new Lake Myra Elementary. Knightdale Elementary would become another traditional-calendar option for the Eastern Wake area.
Asst. Supt. Chuck Dulaney had first mentioned the Knightdale Elementary option last month when the board discussed which schools to unconvert. It didn't gain any traction after school board member Lori Millberg said parents in Knightdale were against the idea of converting a school back when there's not a nearby traditional-calendar middle school.
Staff wants to move out base students from Broughton High to create more magnet slots. You can expect a fight here from parents.
Kids from the Brier Creek area of northwest Raleigh won't be going to Leesville Road Middle School after all. The plan calls for moving them out of Daniels Middle School to East Cary Middle School.
Dulaney says there's not enough space at Leesville Middle, even after conversion, to house Brier Creek kids. They'd go to East Cary for year-round calendar continuity.
Even without the Brier Creek kids, Dulaney said 80 percent of Leesville Middle's students would now come from year-round elementary schools. This would be accomplished by making sure all students from Leesville and Sycamore Creek elementary schools are assigned to the school.
Panther Creek High would get some relief next year from sending students to Cary High. But Dulaney says that won't be enough to help the school.
Dulaney says Panther Creek would get major relief in 2010-11 when the students from the Brier Creek area are moved to Leesville Road High. This is part of series of moves affecting other schools before ending with the two new Northern Wake high schools.
There are probably far more moves in the plan that will get reaction, good and bad. We'll see how this goes over the next 2 1/2 months.
Click here for the link to the plan.