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FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s a battle over school boundaries! At a meeting happening tonight Frisco Independent School District officials could finally decide what’s next for thousands of students.
The changes come as the district gets ready to open several new schools next year.
Frisco is one of North Texas’ fastest growing school districts and administrators say they have to take steps now to protect the ‘small-campus feel’ for students and staff later.
Officials say the re-zoning doesn’t make everyone happy, but it does prevent schools from unnecessary overcrowding and adds students to campuses that have room for more.
Richard Wilkinson, the Frisco ISD Deputy Superintendent for Business Services, said, “These modified recommendations will provide more time for the district to monitor growth and development in new neighborhoods, as well as more information to make the best possible decisions for these areas long-term.”
New schools are needed to balance out the skyrocketing population. As it stands, some 53,000 students attend public school in Frisco and to evenly disperse those young people officials started the process of redrawing school attendance zones.
Changes are already in place for four new elementary schools, but officials say they need to do more. There have been 60 new schools built in the last 20 years, but more than 3,000 new students enroll in the Frisco ISD every year.
Some parents say they’re opposed to the changes and are upset that siblings might be split up and students will be forced to give up relationships they’ve cultivated with teachers and staff. Mom Holly Elliott has a child attending Curtsinger Elementary School. Speaking about her daughter and the re-zoning that would spilt Curtsinger with Smith Elementary she said, “Unfortunately, one of her really good friends lives in that apartment complex over there and it’s kind of sad. We’re not happy about it.”
At a recent meeting, Frisco ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon said, “There is never a way to please everyone. We want parents to know we have listened to their suggestions and concerns and presented alternative options where feasible based on current and projected enrollment figures and other considerations.”
The Frisco ISD board of trustees is expected to make the final decision on next fall’s attendance zones during the regular meeting, taking place at the Board Room of the Administration Building, at 5515 Ohio Drive. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.
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