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COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A group of upset parents want Frisco ISD to rethink its new proposed attendance zones.
With four new schools opening in the fall of 2015, the district redrew attendance zones at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
One of the proposed changes set a boundary line through the Villages of Willow Bay neighborhood.
Some students in the neighborhood will stay at Mooneyham Elementary School, while others are zoned to go to the much further away new Norris Elementary School.
“When my parents told me, I didn’t like it at all,” said third-grader Sarvani Durblhakula, who is slated to attend Norris Elementary School next year. “I threw a big fit because I’ve made so many friends here and I don’t want to leave them.”
On Sunday, parents from the Villages of Willow Bay community gathered to try to come up with an alternative plan to present to the school board – one that wouldn’t divide their neighborhood.
“I think you need to keep us as a whole,” said parent John Henry. “It goes to the oneness and the camaraderie of the community.”
Henry said he would even be in favor of slightly larger class sizes and the use of portable classrooms if it meant students in his subdivision stayed together.
Frisco ISD has built a nationally-recognized reputation for having a low teacher to student ratio and small campuses.
School trustees are expected to make a final decision on new boundaries on December 8th. The next opportunity for public input is at the November 10th school board meeting.
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