New Battle Opens Old Wounds In Plano ISD

PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – Plano ISD’s 2009 feeder system is facing a new battle, as parents with children on track to attend Plano West Senior High School packed Tuesday night’s work session.

About 170 parents filled the room, despite not being allowed to speak on the issue during the session.

The contentious debate came to a close two years ago with defined tracks for where elementary, middle, high and senior high school students will attend.

But some parents fear the feeder system will lead to overcrowding at Plano West. Estimates put the school’s enrollment at 3,400 by 2015. “What is the problem with having a class that’s 1,000 to 1,200 spread across four schools instead of pushing up against 1,500 to 1,700 spread across three?” Asked John Donovan, a Plano parent.

Donovan and other parents want the school board to undo the 2009 plan and look at an alternative feeder system that would equally balance enrollment at all three senior high schools in Plano.

Other possible solutions include adding a fourth senior high school by either building a new one or converting an existing school.

Board President Tammy Richards believes that smaller high schools provide a better all-around education. “You can accomplish a wide variety of curricular experiences with classes much, much smaller,” Richards said.

Other trustees and parents defend the 2009 feeder system and believe that undoing it will open old wounds. “There’s no way to make every school the exact same size,” said Traci Davis, a Plano parent.

Supporters of the 2009 system believe the district has enough qualified teachers and administrators to handle Plano’s West’s enrollment needs in the future. “Give me a better reason,” said Missy Bender, a PISD trustee. “I don’t have that yet. For a very small subset of kids, you want to redo everything?”

The Plano ISD school board will take up the missue during its next meeting on Sept. 6.


One Comment

  1. FedUpTxn says:

    Deport all the illegalls and STOP all benefits to them paid by American tax-dollars. That solves the PISD problem along with the national budget!

  2. David Stringfellow says:

    John Donovan incorrectly stated that “we are moving an overcrowding situation from the east to the west”.

    There is not an overcrowding situation in the east now, but had the realignment plan not been implemented, we surely would have one. Currently Plano East Senior High has a population of 3100 students. This will increase to 3300 starting Monday. And the campus is full but it has never been overcrowded as Donovan suggested. This is the type of misinformation that a very small and vocal group of parents from Shepton High School have been propagating.

    A plan was proposed to the Board of Trustees in June that results in a reduction of approximately 300 students at PWSH and requires no additional cost to the district. Details can be found here:

    Unfortunately this plan fell on the deaf ears of Board President Richards and the other newly elected Trustees.

  3. Bob Allen says:

    What’s a missue?

    A quick search has it to mean having an issue with your mother. Missue is short hand for mom issue.
    I suspect your editor did not proof read this article before it was posted.

    1. David Stringfellow says:

      Dude, is that all you can really add here? Wow.

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