Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata will meet with Hilburn Elementary School parents tonight as part of his efforts to assure them he's concerned about the situation at underenrolled schools.
The school board asked staff to help draw up recommendations to help underutilized schools. Staff was supposed to give an update on Tuesday but Tata pulled it from the work session agenda because he wants to address capacity utilization and the magnet school review as elements of the long-term student assignment plan he'll present by late spring.
Parents at Hilburn, York Elementary and Carroll Middle were the most vocal during this year's student reassignment process in lobbying for help to fill their underutilized schools. York and Carroll parents specifically asked for magnet programs.
According to this year's facilities utilization report, Hilburn is at 68.3 percent of capacity. York is at 72 percent. Carroll is at 79.7 percent.
Staff also identified a list of underenrolled and overenrolled schools projected for the 2013-14 school year.
The latest reassignment plan moved 101 students out of Hilburn to the new Walnut Creek Elementary in an effort to send those Southeast Raleigh children to a closer school But the move is projected to leave Hilburn with 399 students this fall on a campus with a capacity of 704 students.
Hilburn Principal Greg Ford said he'd show Tata the 20 classrooms that will be empty next year.
Schools get teacher positions based on enrollment so Hilburn will likely loss staff for this fall. Underenrolled schools also are less likely to have full-time teachers at positions such as music and art.