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EDITOR'S NOTE:

A previous version of this story incorrectly named the school to which some Wake Forest High School students will be reassigned. The students will be assigned to Wakefield High School, not Heritage High School. The story below has been updated.


RALEIGH — Wake County officials are proposing school assignments for next school year that would transfer some Wake Forest High School students to Wakefield High School to reduce overcrowding.

Some Brassfield Elementary School students would also be moved to Wakefield Elementary School as part of the tentative plans, which families are encouraged to provide feedback on.

Many students affected by the nearly half-dozen assignment changes across the county can later apply to be grandfathered into their current school assignment. The Wake County Board of Education is expected to approve new enrollment maps Dec. 3.

The Wake Forest High students that might be reassigned to Wakefield High live northwest of Wake Forest, in the area currently serviced by Wakefield Middle School.

Wake County Public School System said without the change, Wake Forest High School would likely be at 107 percent capacity next year, while Wakefield would be at 93 percent capacity.

The plan “reduces overcrowding at Wake Forest High ... while also accounting for future growth, and better utilizes Wakefield High,” a draft of the proposal says.

Families can go online at bit.ly/2AU3bSS to enter an address and see the proposed school assignments for where they live.

Another set of students are proposed to be moved from Brassfield Elementary to Wakefield Elementary. The affected neighborhoods are along the southern banks of Falls Lake.

Brassfield would be at 108 percent capacity next year without the change, while Wakefield would see 94 percent capacity, the proposal claims.

Other schools in Cary, Garner and Fuquay-Varina, where two high schools will open next year, will also be impacted.

Giving feedback

The current proposals are the first drafts of the new school assignments. School officials are looking for public input before the school board votes.

More information can be found and online comments can be left at wcpss.net/2020enrollmentproposal.

Three information sessions this month will offer families an opportunity to get more details about the school changes near them.

The sessions will be:

• Oct. 24 at Salem Salem Elementary, 6116 Jenks Road, Apex;

• Oct. 29 at Fuquay-Varina High School, 1704 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina, and;

• Oct. 30 at Wakefield High School, 2200 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh.

The open-house meetings will be in the evening, and specific times will be announced later.

A second draft based on public feedback will be released Nov. 5. Citizens are invited to give additional feedback at a public hearing at the board of education’s Nov. 19 meeting.

Grandfathering

After the final draft is adopted by the school board, some affected students can apply to stay at their current school.

All eligible students who submit a grandfathering request from Dec. 11-20 will be approved to stay. Grandfathered students won’t have access to district transportation.

To qualify, a student must be entering fifth, eighth, 10th, 11th or 12th grade next year. A rising ninth-grade student qualifies if they have an older sibling that qualifies. Siblings of rising fifth- and eighth-grade students will qualify for grandfathering but only for one year.


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