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2015-16 Student Enrollment Plan approved

After months of public discussion and extensive revisions, the Wake County Board of Education on Tuesday approved a student enrollment plan for the 2015-2016 school year.

No more than 2,734 students would be affected by the plan – less than 2 percent of the system’s overall student enrollment.

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At a Tuesday work session, board members asked staff to look into the possibility of providing transportation to a select group of rising fourth and fifth graders who are eligible to grandfather at their current school. A final decision on this will be made once the board has had a chance to review the transportation implications.

Slightly less than half of students affected by the enrollment plan would attend one of three new schools opening next year: Abbotts Creek ElementaryScotts Ridge Elementary and Apex Friendship High School.

The remaining students – less than 1,600 – were included in the plan to help align school calendars across grade spans, reduce the assignment of neighborhoods to multiple schools or reduce overcrowding. These students can choose to remain at their current schools if they provide their own transportation.

The finalized plan reflects dozens of changes made in response to parent concerns shared online at and in a series of public meetings. The site has drawn more than 20,000 visitors and nearly 2,700 comments since launching in August.