Here's a condensed recap of today's press conference held by Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata.
Tata said his staff will work through the weekend to be able to present at Tuesday's school board meeting the impact of making adjustments to the feeder patterns. He didn't go into specifics but said they're addressing some areas of concern that have been raised.
Tata said they'll also present info on the feasibility of making changes such as raising student achievement over proximity in the selection process and setting aside 15 percent of the seats at the high-performing regional choice schools for applicants from low-performing areas.
But Tata warned that the board should keep in mind, should it make changes, that they already made assurances with the preliminary assignment slips, that magnet families have already made their selections and that families have decided what they'll do when the choice process starts Jan. 17.
Tata also said today that JROTC will now only be an elective at the two single-sex leadership academies.
Tata said the change isn't being made because of criticism from those who thought JROTC shouldn't be mandatory.
Tata said it's optional now because the recent installation of JROTC programs in the eastern part of the county means students everywhere can apply to attend a school with a program. Before programs were started at Garner, Knightdale and Enloe high schools, Tata said they were requiring it at the single-sex schools to meet the demand for JROTC.
Tata praised JROTC as a proven model for improving high school graduation rates.