Wake County school leaders to take final vote on school reassignment plan tonight

CARY, N.C. (WNCN) — Wake County school leaders will vote on school reassignment plans for the final time today.

The final vote will be the plan for the 2018-19 school year.

The main drivers in the discussion are the opening of four new schools across Garner, Apex and Holly Springs for next school year.

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Right now, Wake County Public Schools have more than 160,000 students, but by 2024, an additional 23,000 students are projected.

New schools are populated with students from existing schools and that’s what’s causing the majority of changes to student reassignments. Parents have continually showed up to board meetings to voice their concerns.

“I wish that they would actually take community feedback seriously, and I don’t feel like any of us feel like we’ve been heard,” said mom Heather Balsley, from Holly Springs.

Monika Johnson-Hostler, chairwoman of the Wake County School Board, said the whole process has been difficult.

“Everybody is disheartened, reluctant. There is no easy decision. We have growth. We’re opening new schools, legislative mandates. There are many factors,” she said.

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