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Wake school leaders discuss proposed enrollment plan [plan generated by OREd]

— From WRAL.com, Raleigh, NC; August 19, 2014

Wake school leaders are considering a student enrollment plan that would adjust the attendance zones of current schools to alleviate overcrowding and help fill 17 new schools the district plans to build over the next four years. Read more at Read more»


Stafford School Board work session to take on growth, expected influx of students

— From Stafford County Sun, Stafford, Virginia; October 3, 2013

Next month, the Stafford County School Board will hold a work session on what steps to take from here on out with respect to county growth and the public school system's student population. Read more»


School board approves student reassignment plan

— From The Rock Mount Telegram, Rocky Mount, North Carolina; November 20, 2012

Applause erupted through the central office auditorium on Monday in Nashville as the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Board of Education approved a final set of maps after almost a year of sifting through various student reassignment scenarios for the 2013-14 school year and gathering community feedback. Article available to subscribers only»

Councilors voice doubts about Raleigh’s school capacity

— From Raleigh Public Record, Raleigh, North Carolina; July 26, 2012

At Tuesday’s meeting, Raleigh city councilors expressed concerns about Raleigh’s strained school capacity and worried whether or not the problem is being addressed by the Wake County school system. Read more»

Understanding how Wake County decides where to build schools

— From Raleigh Public Record, Raleigh, North Carolina; May 14, 2012

Wake County schools have been under fire in recent months for a lack of school capacity in Raleigh. Now the school system is preparing an analysis for this summer on where to build new schools. Read more»

School attendance lines to be offered by August 2012

— From The Nashville Graphic, Nashville, North Carolina; January 31, 2012

The 28-member committee chosen by Nash-Rocky Mount Schools (NRMS) to create new attendance lines met for the first time Monday night. Their goal is to give the NRMS board of education a plan for new attendance lines by August 2012. The board plans to have new attendance lines in place to begin the 2013-14 school year across the school system. Article available to subscribers only»

Nash-Rocky Mount reassignment committee weighs priorities

— From The Rock Mount Telegram, Rocky Mount, North Carolina; January 31, 2012

Members of the newly formed student reassignment committee for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools met for the first time Monday in the school district’s central office auditorium for an organizational meeting where they were briefed on what their expectations were in the reassignment process. Article available to subscribers only»


The Mensa Foundation grants its Intellectual Benefits to Society Award to College of Education professor

Dr. Raymond Taylor, founder of the Operations Research Education Laboratory (OREd) is the recipient of the Mensa Education and Research Foundation’s 2011 Intellectual Benefit Award. Read more»

Forecast calls for 10,000 more students

— From The Herald, Smithfield, North Carolina; March 23, 2011

Hallways in Johnston County schools will likely become more crowded in the coming years. Despite a stagnant economy, growth experts expect Johnston schools to swell by about 10,000 new students in the next decade.

Operations Research and Education Laboratory, or OREd, is a group from N.C. State University that studies regional growth. Last week, the group told the Johnston County Board of Education to plan for an average of about 927 new students per year through 2020. That number could be higher. Read more»

OREd helps school district build new student assignment plan

Pitt county District MapThe Operations Research and Education Laboratory (OREd), which is an ITRE-housed organization focused on working with K-12 school systems on issues pertaining to student re-assignment and long range student planning, has collaborated with the Pitt County School district on their student assignment plan for elementary and middle schools for the 2011-12 school year due to the opening of a new school in the district. OREd was founded in 1990 by Dr. Raymond Taylor to scientifically address politically sensitive school planning issues. Since it’s inception, OREd has been working with Pitt County Schools. Read more».


OREd conducts study for the North Carolina Ferry System

NC Ferry ReportAn ITRE team led by Jeff Tsai has completed a report, Benchmarking and Optimization of the North Carolina Ferry System (PDF:1.03MB), for the North Carolina Ferry System and the North Carolina Department of Transportation outlining options to streamline the state’s ferry system operation, the second largest such operation in the country. The team commended North Carolina for its ferry system, while also highlighting concerns of both the NCDOT and state legislators and addressing the budgetary and external problems currently facing the NCFS.

OREd's Michael Miller presents paper at CEFPI's 2010 Southeast Regional Conference

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The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) has chosen the OREd study,"Transparency in School Planning: Optimal School Sites and Land-Use Data," for presentation at their 2010 Southeast Regional Conference. The Lab's Program Manager, Michael Miller, along with Wake Country Public School System's (WCPSS) Christina Lighthall, will speak to an audience that includes K-12/college-level administrators, educators, architects, and others involved in school site planning.

Brief overview of the study:

The use of a comprehensive Land-Use database of Wake County to determine the optimal locations of future schools lead to the successful 2006 bond passage that generated $676M to build 16 new schools and land-bank additional properties for the next building program. OREd, WCPSS, and the planning community of Wake County collaborated in this far-reaching study that continues to provide a data-driven platform for making sensitive decisions about the location of future schools. This case study will provide information that can help school planners increase transparency in this politically sensitive area.

Presentation Files (see Seminars, 10:30am-11:45am on Monday, March 29)



Onslow County, North Carolina, 2008 Redistricting Plan

Over the winter of 2008-09, OREd was again involved in crafting reassignment plans for Onslow County schools. To meet the needs of the growing county population, Stateside Elementary School opened its doors in 2009 to help relieve overcrowding in several schools in the northern region of the district. The school site is optimally located to provide classroom space in anticipation of a nearby residential development. See the report: "Redistricting in 2009 – Supporting Excellence in Education"»

OREd study chosen for publication in TRR Journal

— January 2009

The OREd paper, "Planning for Enrollment Growth: Using Land Use Data to Determine Future School Sites," was chosen from 2,800 global submissions and chosen as one of 704 papers for publication in the 2008 Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (Volume 2074). Authored by OREd program manager, Michael A. Miller, the study findings represent nearly two-years of research on the growing school population in Wake County, North Carolina. Miller outlines how the the Lab's data-driven decision science tools will help county administrators meet the challenges over the next 20 years.
Read the study»


Study suggests spots for new county schools

— From The Star, Cleveland County, North Carolina, July 18, 2008

SHELBY - No crystal balls for the Cleveland County School System. The school board recently reviewed a lengthy study that will help the system peer into the future.

The Integrated Planning for School and Community Report was compiled by the Operations Research and Education Lab, Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University. Find out more»

Committee set to study redistricting in Lenoir Co. schools

— From The Kinston Free Press, Lenoir County, North Carolina; October 20, 2008

As Lenoir County Schools' student population continues to decline, the county's school board is moving forward with its plan to redraw the school district's attendance lines.

A redistricting study committee met Monday at the Lenoir County Board of Education's central board room to review how the evaluation process will work. More than 70 people — including students, teachers, principals, county commissioners, athletic directors and parents — were invited to the first of several scheduled meetings to discuss the redistricting plan. Read the complete article»




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