Would you rather have your children attend the closest middle school or go to a more distant one if it meant they'd be with their friends from elementary school?
The answer, according to Chuck Dulaney, assistant superintendent for growth and planning, seems to be keeping peer groups together. That's what he told school board members on Tuesday while discussing the development of the multi-year assignment plan.
Dulaney said the issue of what priority should be higher for filling middle schools came up during discussions with planning groups. These planning groups consist of teachers, parents and administrators in the areas most likely to be affected by the assignment plan.
Dulaney told the board that the groups said they thought it was more important to keep elementary school peer groups together even if it means kids didn't go to the closest middle school.
As a result, Dulaney said keeping peer groups together will be a high priority in the new plan. But he said it would be impossible to keep all elementary school students together in the same middle school.
Dulaney said Wake doesn't have the school capacity needed to ensure the same K-12 feeder patterns for all the students.