Here are the four changes to the draft reassignment plan that were announced by staff at Monday's CEM meeting at Cary High.
One change is to reassign areas along Harrison Avenue to Cary High instead of to Athens Drive High. Administrators acknowledged families, now attending Panther Creek High, who said they should go to Cary High because that’s where they had previously attended.
A second change is to drop the reassignment of 117 students to Cary High from attendance nodes 657.1 and 657.2. Administrators sided with families who argued they should stay at Green Hope High because they live so close to the school and don’t live near areas assigned to Cary High.
A third change is to drop the reassignment of 136 students to Cary High from nodes 381.1 and 381.7. Administrators sided with parents who said they should stay at Apex High because they’ll likely be impacted in a few years by the opening of a new area high school.
A fourth change is to consolidate the areas attending Yates Mill Elementary so they’d go on to Dillard Drive Middle and Athens Drive High. This would strengthen Athens Drive.
The first three changes were requested by a lot of parents. For instance, Preston residents are happy with being able to stay at Green Hope.
In cases where no nodes were listed it's because administrators said the plan is still in flux.
Just keep in mind that these changes could be revised again by staff. For instance, if the school board demagnetizes Broughton High then it will shake up a lot of other high school changes.
Even if the staff sticks with these chagnes in the revised plan, the board could add them back in when they work on the plan. Realistically though, getting dropped out of the draft is still a big win.
Stay tuned for the release of the revised plan on Dec. 16 to see whether Monday's changes stick.