Wake County school officials say they approved all 1,159 requests from families to return to their base school for the 2013-14 school year.
Some critics of Wake's abandonment of the choice plan were skeptical that the district would be able to honor every request made during the January back to base declaration period. Their concerns turned out to be unfounded this year.
In addition, school officials say most of the people returning to base will have the same as or shorter bus ride times for this fall.
School officials say 1,023 of the 1,159 students whose requests were approved are eligible for bus service for this fall.
Of that number, 841 of the 1023 students will have the same or shorter bus ride by attending their base school:
* 14 students will have their ride shortened by 15-20 miles.
* 35 students will have their ride shortened by 10-15 miles.
* 96 students will have their ride shortened by 5-10 miles.
* 672 students will have their ride shortened by 1/10 mile – 5 miles.
* 24 students will have the same ride distance.
School officials said they'd guarantee approval of back to base requests unless they had to reject them for capacity reasons.
Families who missed the Jan. 7-14 window for the base declaration period can apply during the first transfer application period that starts Monday. But school officials say those requests won't get the same high level of priority they would have gotten back in January.
There would have been various reasons people would have filed a back to base request. You could have had a family wanting to leave a magnet school or a school they had gotten a transfer to attend. Families who didn't get what's now their base school in the choice plan last year may have applied too.