Can the Wake County school system attract enough applicants to open Richland Creek Elementary School in Wake Forest this year?
As noted in Sunday's North Raleigh News article by Chelsea Kellner, school officials said that Richland Creek needs at least 100 students to have a principal. The school had 46 applicants after round two.
The deadline for the school board to make a decision on Richland Creek for this year will be in June.
Chief Transformation Officer Judy Peppler said she's optimistic that they'll get enough students to open this year, unlike the now-delayed Abbotts Creeks Elementary.
Peppler said they recommended delaying Abbotts Creek because the schools around it have about 2,000 empty seats, enough to easily absorb new students who arrive over the summer.
But Peppler said Richland Creek is located in an area where most schools are near or at capacity.
Even though school officials decided to make the new schools K-3 only the first year because it was expected that few older students would apply, not enough younger elementary students applied either.
Peppler told school board members last week that the 46 students were primarily rising kindergartners. The goal has been to have enough students for at least one class in each grade level. Wake would like 150 to 200 students this year.
If not enough older students apply, Peppler said options that might be explored include using multi-age classrooms. Peppler said the final decision on class configurations would be up to the school's principal Tammie Sexton.
Wake plans to hold an open house for Richland Creek, inviting parents from around the area. Peppler told school board members that they're hoping the appeal of small class sizes will bring in more applicants.