I'll get into more detail later, but the Wake County school board has sharply increased the number of students under consideration for reassignment for the 2011-12 school year.
The biggest clump of additions to the plan come from agreeing to put into consideration these moves that staff said they wanted to recommend but didn't do so because it would have involved moving students who've already recently been reassigned. They're mostly involving cleaning up feeder patterns caused by the staff changing from the original three-year plan the nodes going to Walnut Creek Elementary.
Throw in a whole bunch of nodes, mostly agreed to from the Dec. 14 meeting, that the board said they wanted to hear parents comment on. They're saying they're not necessarily going to move them.
Adding so many more nodes into consideration means parents there will get written notices encouraging them to attend the five public hearings on the plan that start next week.
Staff doesn't have the exact number of kids now in play. They'll possibly have that tomorrow. The original staff recommended plan had 3,224 students.
Among the things that happened today, staff is now recommending reassigning item 3 from this list to let these Carpenter Village nodes be reassigned from Panther Creek High to Green Hope High.
For those three Carpenter Village nodes, staff is now also recommending that the base and traditional-calendar option for them be Davis Drive Middle. Staff hadn't recommended it before but did so after finding ways to free up space at David Drive, moving some nodes in eastern Cary out to free up space.
After hearing from parents, staff is dropping elementary school changes that have been discussed for Black Horse Run.
Staff is now also recommending dropping from the staff plan the movement of the Holly Springs High students to Middle Creek High. Staff said that Holly Springs can deal with the crowding for one more year while they work on the comprehensive plan for 2012-13.
Also today, board member John Tedesco was shot down in his efforts to move Garner High students to Southeast Raleigh High and Middle Creek High students to Garner High. Lack of space was cited for not going with adding either one to the plan for consideration.
Nothing is final and all the things added for consideration still require a board vote,