Teacher transfer requests are up this year in the Wake County school system.
There were 1,699 requests for transfers to different schools this fall, up from 1,633 last year. Those are only requests, meaning they weren't necessarily approved. Before a certain date, teachers don't need to get the permission of the principal to request a transfer.
The numbers at individual schools are interesting, especially at some magnet schools. Whether the increase at these schools indicates teachers are wary about potential changes to the magnet program or want out for some other reason is uncertain.
This spring, 25 Ligon Middle teachers requested transfers. There were eight requests last year.
A total of 20 Hunter Elementary teachers requested transfers this spring. That's up from six requests last year.
Some non-magnet schools also saw some interesting differences.
A total of 23 teachers requested to leave Leesville Road Elementary this spring. The school is switching back to a traditional calendar for this fall. There were five requests last year.
Leesville Road Middle, which is also switching back to a traditional calendar, had 23 requests. That compares to 24 requests last year when the school was switching to the year-round calendar.
You can speculate why some schools have a lot of requests.
Knightdale High had the most requests of any school at 38. But is it because teachers want to work at the new Heritage High or is it because of dissatisfaction with the work environment?
Another school that stands out is Creech Road Elementary in Garner, which had 30 requests for transfers. There aren't any new schools opening nearby.
Over time, transfer requests are going up. There were 859 requests districtwide in 2005. Then 1,090 in 2006, 1,551 in 2007, 1,435 in 2008, 1,633 in 2009 and 1,699 in 2010.
Click here for this year's school-by-school totals.
Click here for last year's school-by-school totals.