Some Wake County parents upset about their proposed feeder patterns have room for hope.
Wake Superintendent Tony Tata told school board members on Tuesday they're mindful of the situations at elementary schools that currently feed into multiple high schools. Since the new plan calls for one high school for each elementary school, the potential change in high school assignments has riled a number of families.
Tata singled out the example of North Ridge Elementary School, where about 44 percent of students eventually go to Millbrook High and 41 percent eventually go to Sanderson High. He said they're working to modify the feeder patterns for those kinds of cases.
"At the end of the day, folks who currently feed into Sanderson, for example, will be able to feed into Sanderson and we’re going to create the architecture to do that," Tata said.
James Overman, head of the student assignment task force, said only a few elementary schools fit the pattern of a North Ridge Elementary. But he added they're looking at feeder pattern revisions in general.
The final list of recommended feeder patterns will be presented to the school board on Oct. 4. The board could amend them.
One of the points repeatedly made during Tuesday's work session is that students who don't like their proposed feeder pattern can go through the choice process to try to go to a different school. They will have priority in the lottery if they request their closest school.
The operative word here is priority — not guarantee. There would have to be seats available at that school for the student to get in.