Here's a reap of today's press conference in which Wake County Schools Superintendent Tony Tata focused mainly on the new student assignment plan.
Wake's Customer Service Department will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at 431-7333 to field calls from people who might have problems going online to look up their results at assignment.wcpss.net. Tata asked for patience trying to get online today.
Tata said the percentage of families getting their first choice will go up over the next week. He said that over the weekend they'll fill 723 open magnet school slots with people on the wait lists, which will in turn free up more seats at the proximity schools.
Tata said families will find out over the next week if they've been removed off wait lists so he cautioned against submitting a new application in round two until then.
In general, staff is recommending that people who applied in the first round shouldn't apply again unless they see something different like they didn't apply to a school they're now interested in attending. They warned that a second-round application could remove you from your spot on the first-round waiting list for a school or cost you the school you got into.
It was stressed that Round 2 is primarily for newcomers, particularly the rising kindergarten students who still haven't registered yet.
Tata also said today that they'll wait to see if there's enough applicants in the second round to open Abbotts Creek and Richland Creek elementary schools this year.
Click here to read Wake's press release.
Corrected to reflect that there are 723 open magnet slots as oppose to the number of people on the wait lists.
Wake pushed up the posting time for the results two hours early to 3 p.m. so they're now viewable.
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