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Quick's substitute motion to keep the current system of paying for transportation for all opt-outs was defeated on a 5 to 4 vote. School board members Price, Nancy Routh, Kris Cooke, Garrett and Carlvena Foster voted to defeat the motion. Chairman Alan Duncan and school board members Quick, Belton and Sandra Alexander voted for it. School board members Paul Daniels and Deena Hayes were absent.
The school board had a lengthy argument about the difference, if any, between Triangle Lake and Washington Street Montessori School in Greensboro. Washington Street Montessori accepts students through sixth grade, but the school board allows Triangle Lake to reject students beyond second grade.
Cooke and Alexander said they were bothered by that inconsistency and asked for an explanation. The transportation and school-assignment administrators making the report stared back blankly.
Duncan, said, "That would not be this staff."
The school board members never got a coherent explanation as to why the two schools have different rules.
Foster said that most parents in the Triangle Lake neighborhood don't want their kids to attend the Montessori school anyway, because they don't consider it structured enough. She said, "People don't move into the Triangle Lake neighborhood so their kids can go to that school."
Price agreed with Foster, saying he had talked to kids in the neighborhood.
"We're doing well," he said. "Why do we have to change it?"
Routh, however, said she was still bothered that Triangle Lake neighborhood kids couldn't get into the Montessori school beyond second grade.
The school board asked Green, who rarely talks at school board meetings, why he had recommended eliminating all transportation for magnet opt-out students. Green said that the decision was largely driven by cost.
"Let's just go all the way," he said. "That's how we ended up with Option 1 as the option. It's not an easy decision."
Foster's original motion to distinguish between magnet schools based on what they teach passed 7 to 2. School board members Carlvena Foster, Ed Price, Belton, Cooke, Quick, Alexander and Routh voted yes. Duncan and Garrett voted no.