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FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – One subject that will bring the emotions of many a parent to a boil is — school re-zoning. Changing a child’s school district is not what most parents want, but it was a topic on the table in Frisco Monday night.

Several dozen families went to Frisco ISD headquarters Monday, to learn whether they would be impacted by the new school boundaries. And those affected made it clear they don’t like it.

She’s an 8th grader already on the Centennial High School softball team. Her brother is a Centennial sophomore on the baseball team. But Madison and Zach Schaefer will try out for new teams and hope to find new friends when they are moved to the new Independence High School next year.

“My plan was to try to make varsity and be with some of my friends,” Madison explained.

Zach said, “I have a lot of friends at Centennial and I really don’t want to move to a new school my junior year.”

Frisco’s school board revealed a map of new boundary lines for the city’s seventh high school. The affected families immediately raised objections.  Parent Darrin Deflice said, “It makes no sense, that picture they showed up there it makes no sense.”

Deflice is a proud parent of two Centennial students and upset that his youngest daughter will not continue the tradition.

District officials say they’re making the changes to keep enrollment in Frisco lower than schools in surrounding cities. They claim the answer is to build more schools in the fast growing suburb.

Superintendent Richard Wilkinson insisted the plans are nothing new. “Over and over, time and again, the board and the community have supported this plan,” he said.

A number of parents expressed a variety concerns and reasons why the map should be redrawn. “If they go to Independence they have to cross Main Street, which is under construction,” parent Chris Schaefer said at the meeting. “I’ve got safety concerns about that and also Centennial is an exemplary school. All of our children have gone to exemplary schools. Independence won’t be an exemplary school when our children go.”

The Frisco ISD board will vote on the new boundary lines in December.

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