We got a taste last night of how Lacy Elementary parents are arguing they shouldn't be reassigned to Stough Elementary.
During last night's hearing at Fuquay-Varina High, Hunt Choi argued that there was no need to reassign Lacy students to Stough or Root Elementary. Previously, the Lacy parents have been talking with school board members in private.
Choi argued that Lacy wasn't overcrowded, one of the reasons given for moving students out of the school. He said the school district's growth projections for the school are too high.
Choi then tackled the diversity issue.
The various Lacy moves would raise the school's percentage of low-income students from 22.9 percent to 34.1 percent.
The various moves at Stough would lower its LI percentage from 39.3 percent to 33.3 percent.
Choi said that leaving the nodes at Lacy would put the school's LI percentage at 30 percent, which he said is comparable to other nearby schools and the county average.
Choi said Stough's LI percentage would drop substantially even without the Lacy students because the school is no longer being recommended as the traditional-calendar opt out for Leesville Road Elementary. Most of the students from Leesville are low-income.
The Stough parents, while applauding the Lacy moves, have also asked that the school not be the new opt out for Brier Creek Elementary. They've been the ones who've shown up in large numbers at the public hearings to support moving the Lacy students and ask for the Brier Creek change.
Rumor has it that more Lacy parents will speak at tonight's hearing at East Wake High.
There are only 19 speakers registered for tonight so there's plenty of space for signing up at the door.