The procession of unhappy Wake County parents continued at Wednesday night's student assignment public hearing.
As noted in today's article by Colin Campbell, the meeting's location at Rolesville Middle School meant that several northern Wake parents objected to being assigned to the new schools. At the prior two hearings held in other parts of the county, only one of those affected parents spoke out.
For instance, Pamela Page of Wake Forest objected to sending her children to the modular campus being used by Richland Creek Elementary. She wants her children to stay at Jones Dairy Elementary.
“This is a modular campus consisting solely of trailers,” Page said. “There is no need to reassign students from an under-enrolled school to a temporary school on a traditional calendar.”
Jeff Ramsey lives in Northeast Raleigh’s Winchester subdivision, which has been reassigned to Rolesville High.
“Rolesville High School is over nine miles away and Millbrook High is just over four miles away,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense to me. Millbrook isn’t even one of our magnet choices.”
Rolesville High is getting a base because it's opening for the first time in August 2013.
Rolesville Middle and Richland Creek Elementary are getting bases because they opened under the choice plan. The choice plan left Richland Creek sharply underenrolled with around 100 students on the 20th day.
The board got at least some positive feedback Wednesday night. Gretchen Britt thanked the board for the decision Tuesday to reassign node 258 from Wakelon Elementary to Rolesville Elementary.
One of Britt's neighbors at last week's hearing said it didn't make sense for the neighborhood, which is just outside of Rolesville, to continue to be assigned to a school in Zebulon.
“It’s about keeping communities together – I cannot thank you enough for doing that,” Britt said.
Several neighborhoods between Wake Forest and Rolesville, including Stonegate, St. Andrews and Whippoorwill Valley, got their wish Tuesday to stay at Heritage High instead of moving to Rolesville High. But some parents on Wednesday asked the board to go further, assigning those neighborhoods to Heritage elementary and middle schools as well.
“Our kids are currently at Heritage Middle School and would like to stay there,” said Mike Valchar.
Those subdivisions in question are assigned to different elementary and middle schools and are still slated to be reassigned to Rolesville Middle while keeping their current elementary assignments.