The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district held a family input session on Monday to discuss the modification of Glenwood Elementary School’s reassignment policy.
In June 2019, the CHCCS Board of Education approved the Glenwood Magnet Implementation Committee’s plan of student enrollment. This means starting in the 2020-2021 school year, new students can enroll in the school if they live in the base assignment zone or are selected in a lottery process.
To enter the traditional dual-language track, for example, the lottery process could rank students by their “priority levels.” Students already in the school would have the highest priority and be grandfathered in. Other factors that would raise a student's priority level include sibling relationships and socioeconomic disparities in certain zones.
Patrick Abele, assistant superintendent for CHCCS, said the priority levels are not official because the Board has not approved the proposal yet.
He said an enrollment cap of date and number of students is an option in the proposal, but besides the cap, class size also influences the school’s enrollment.
“We’d have a date that we say that we’re capping the school as of this date," Abele said. "But we also have to look at the numbers and the clarification with what the class size legislation has done in that point of time, etc..”
Jeff Nash, executive director for community relations at CHCCS, said the district needs to reduce the number of students in classes because state legislation sets a cap at 24.
“Because of the legislation that reduced class size, and because we have only two traditional classroom spaces per traditional grade level, we have to limit the number of students to meet the requirements,” Nash said.
Heather Craig, a parent who attended the session, said she agrees with the cap.