NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The New Hanover County School System is looking into allegations regarding false enrollment qualifications for one local school district.
According to Dr. Rick Holliday, who is the Assistant Superintendent for Support Services, a number of complaints have reached his office in the past week regarding students at Wrightsville Elementary School.
Holliday told WECT.com that some people have filed complaints claiming some students do not live within the school district but still attend the school. He could not comment on the details of those complaints or release how many complaints have been filed.
According to Holliday, these types of complaints come into their office all the time.
"Sometimes the information is correct," he said. "Sometimes it's not."
Wrightsville Beach Elementary has had issues with overcrowding since the school year began. Some parents told WECT.com that they feel these false addresses are contributing to that problem.
Holliday said the school system has not found any evidence of that being true.
The New Hanover County School Board is looking into a number of options to fix the overcrowding problem, including the possibility of rezoning the district. The rezoning solution targets those people who live along Airlie Road.
Holliday added that if the complaints they have received are legitimate, it would not help alleviate the overcrowding issue.
The system's staff members are capable of investigating these allegations.
The school system also has an agreement with a private investigator to handle these situations, according to Holliday. The investigator is only called in when the number of complaints or allegations are more than the staff can process. The PI is paid case by case, according to the school system.
Holliday said employees can usually check tax records or voter registration to see whether or not the claims are legitimate.
He said the school system investigates every complaint they receive from people in the county.
WECT.com heard from parents who believe other parents are using vacant lots, vacation homes or even random addresses to enroll their students at Wrightsville Elementary School.
According to NC law, you may own multiple residences and lots, but you can only have one domicile.
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