The Wake County school system placed 74.1 percent of applicants into their first-choice schools in the first round, according to an update on the student assignment plan presented at tonight's school board meeting.
Staff now says that 14,121 of the 19,046 applicants got placed. Also, Wake placed 91.4 percent of rising kindergarten students into their first choice.
Wake is now saying that only 233 students were placed off magnet school waiting lists into their first-choice magnet school last week. The number mentioned the last few weeks was 700 seats to be filled from people leaving magnet schools during the first round of proximity choice.
School board member Susan Evans asked about the discrepancy in the 233 and 700 figures.
James Overman, head of the student assignment task force, answered that some of the students who left the magnets in round one came from grades that had no wait lists. He said some students went to a different magnet school.
During public comments, Wake was accused of overfilling schools in round one. Superintendent Tony Tata asked Chief Transformation Officer Judy Peppler to respond during the update. She said they had adhered to the kindergarten capacities and were not overfilling sixth- and ninth-grades.
School board member Christine Kushner said she was concerned about the 200+ unassigned students. Overman said he was also concerned. But Overman also said that unassigned students are a "common occurrence" after the first round of a controlled-choice plan.
Overman said the unassigned students are on waiting lists and will be placed by the end of round two. He said they're not being placed now because they don't want to jump them over the students who are ahead of them.
School board member Jim Martin asked about the number of pre-assigned students without transportation. Overman said it's just over 800 students. He said those families have been contacted and encouraged to submit an application in round two.
For round two, there have been 1,587 proximity applicants and 220 magnet school applicants.