School board members are still considering changes to how students are selected to magnet schools even as they realize that the new board could undo whatever they adopt.
No changes were agreed to on Tuesday. But Asst. Supt. Chuck Dulaney was directed to come back to the Oct. 27 facilities committee meeting with more details about how 143 transfer students were allowed to leave Fox Road Elementary.
During the discussion, school board member Lori Millberg acknowledged that whatever they agree to do could be undone as it "depends on what the next board does if there’s no busing."
This new handout looked at the schools whose base F&R percentages are raised by more than 10 percentage points by people leaving the base.
Fox Road has the highest change with 463 people leaving the base, raising the base F&R percentage from 46 percent to 66 percent. Of the group, 206 leave for year-round schools, 114 for magnet schools and 143 by transfers.
Dulaney said some schools might not be as much of a concern, such as Brentwood and Smith elementary schools because their new magnet programs should lower their F&R totals over time. (Considering how things may change with the new board, that's not a given now.)
But Dulaney said the changes caused by students leaving Carroll Middle School might be worth studying in more detail.
The third sheet in the handout looks at schools which either equalled or exceeded the 17 percent systemwide average for non-priority magnet applicants being accepted. This refers to the seats which are filled randomly from the 10 percent of openings at magnet schools.
For instance, 23 of the 46 non-priority magnet applicants from East Wake High got accepted.
The other 90 percent of seats are filled by applicants with higher priority, such as from schools with heavy crowding and below-average percentages of low-income students. If there aren't enough priority applicants, then more seats are usually filled randomly.
Dulaney said one thing they might want to consider is capping the percentage of non-priority applicants that are accepted from each school to 10 percent.
Board members said they want more data. Dulaney said it would be hard for his team to quickly get the transfer data for many schools but he said they can come back with the info on Fox Road by the next committee meeting.
From there, the committee might look at other schools. But then again, the new board is looming on the horizon.