It looks one of Wake County's two new modular elementary schools will be delayed a year because of a lack of parental interest under the new student assignment plan.
Chief Transformation Judy Peppler told school board members today they need until next Tuesday to be able to make recommendations to changes to the plan. She said they're still in the process of running the wait list results for round 1 and then using the algorithm for the Round 2 results so that notifications will still go out Thursday.
But under pressing from several board members tonight, Peppler said they expect to recommend delaying the opening of Abbotts Creek Elementary by one year. She said they expect to recommend opening Richland Creek Elementary on scheduled for this year.
Peppler said the fact that funding for Richland Creek's permanent building is there while it's not in place for Abbotts Creek could explain the difference in interest for both modular schools.
School board member Jim Martin pressed for a recommendation on what to do with the preassigned students who don't have transportation. Peppler answered that they can't make a recommendation yet until they've finished placing all the students and know how many are still in the situation of not having bus service.
Other items such as discussing what to do with waitlists, the perception of mandatory year-round assignments and the transportation analysis of preassigned students won't be discussed until the May 1 board work session. The vote on recommendations will come during that day's action meeting.
Also today, staff shared a list of sample questions that will be asked of parents in an online survey, running May 15 to June 15, of how the new choice plan worked out. The survey will focus on four areas: the selection process, communications, motivation for participating and overall satisfaction.
People who didn't participate will be asked to say why they didn't do so.
(I'll post the handout tomorrow if it's not on Wake's website.)