Wake County school administrators are recommending that the school board implement a 15 percent seat set aside at the high-performing regional choice schools for applicants from low-performing nodes.
But staff isn't recommending changes in some areas. For instance, staff wants to leave the current selection priorities alone that have proximity above student achievement.
Staff also isn't recommending changes to the feeder patterns for this fall or delaying the start of the application process on Jan. 17.
In the case of rising sixth- and ninth-graders who face not having transportation because of their approved feeder pattern, staff is suggesting three options to the school board.
One option varies in how much transportation would be provided:
* For all students for three years as new plan is implemented.
* For the affected rising sixth- and ninth-graders for 2012-13
* For the affected students and their younger siblings until the oldest child ages out.
* By student until they all age out.
Option two varies in how selection priorities would be handled so those affected students could get into a different school.
* Run their applications first in a separate process.
* Give them the second-highest priority (behind only siblings) for this fall.
* Give them the second-highest priority (behind only siblings) for three years.
* Give them the second-highest priority (behind only siblings) for all years.
* Give these students higher priority than siblings for x years.
The third option is to not make any changes.
Staff said they'd recommend the 15 percent set aside if the board agreed to use set asides. Since the board decided not to go ahead with set asides, at least for now, they're not in the plan.