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Plano School Board Alters Controversial Feeder System

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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – Even after the Plano ISD School Board voted to approve a change to its controversial feeder system, parents still carried on their feud outside the board meeting. The school district’s director of security asked the small, but vocal group to leave the premises.

The argument broke out after the school board voted 6 to 1 to approve a change to the district’s feeder system that was established in 2009. Plano parent, Cleo Marchese called the vote a slap in the face. “It felt very hurtful. It really made you feel like your child’s needs aren’t being met,” added Marchese.

Plano ISD approved a feeder system two years ago that mandated specific paths for students to follow from elementary school all the way to senior high school. Tuesday night’s vote by the board alters the 2009 program by establishing a new track.

The new track begins at Schimelpfenig Middle School. Students who attend there must continue to Clark High School and ultimately complete their education at Plano Senior High School.

School board members say the new track will prevent Plano West Senior High from overcrowding. Prior to Tuesday night’s vote, some parents feared that the old system was feeding the bulk of the students to Plano West and that the high school for juniors and seniors would balloon to an enrollment of 3500 by 2015.

Those same parents hope this new track will alleviate their fears. “I’d much rather see my daughter, who is in 6th grade now, graduate in a class of 1100 or 1200 instead of a class of 1500 or 1600,” explained John Donovan, a parent who supports the new track.

Parents who oppose the change, say the 2009 feeder system caused enough turmoil and that altering it has only opened up old wounds.

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