The Wake County school system is saying most, if not all, parents who file a request during the base declaration period this week will be approved.
As noted in today's article, the base declaration period kicks off today and runs through next Monday, Jan. 14. The district's website says that "these students will have a guaranteed seat for the new school year unless that school is fully capped."
Some skeptics of the new address-based plan contend that it won't be that easy for families to get into their base school.
But Laura Evans, senior director for student assignment, says the wording was put in that way to give the district the ability to reject base requests if needed. She doesn't expect that situation to occur.
"My goal is to try to seat everybody,” Evans said. “My goal is not to tell people they can’t be seated.”
First, Evans said that the full capping they're referring to applies to the 2013-14 school year, not to any of the 13 schools that were put on the full cap list for the rest of this school year.
Evans said that, based on the number of base declaration requests that come in over the next week, they'll quickly tell the school board which schools they're recommending be fully capped for the 2013-14 school year.
But even if a school is fully capped, Evans said they expect to be able to accommodate the base requests, even if means it gets a little crowded. She said the students returning to base have a higher priority than people who aren't yet living in Wake.
Evans stressed though that they'll work this hard if the person files before the base declaration period ends Jan. 14. People who miss the deadline aren't getting a guarantee.
If it should get to the point where there are just too many base requests for a school to handle, Evans said they'd then develop a system for prioritizing who would get accepted.