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Plano ISD Reopens Redistricting Debate

By Lita Beck and Randy McIlwain
|  Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011  |  Updated 6:29 PM CDT
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Plano ISD Boundary Debate Continues

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The Plano ISD school board could consider a new school realignment proposal.

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Plano ISD Could Reopen Redistricting Battle

The Plano school district is considering revisiting the debate over school boundaries.

Plano ISD Boundary Debate Continues

Parents opposed to reopening the redistricting debate showed up in full force at the district's board meeting Tuesday night.
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The Plano Independent School District is taking another look at a contentious redistricting plan that was approved two years ago.

The district moved its Tuesday night board meeting to the Sockwell Center in expectation of an overflow crowd.

In December 2009, the board approved a compromise school alignment plan after months of open hostility.

The redistricting plan increases the size of Plano West High School over time to 3,400 students. Plano West, the district's smallest high school, would take students from the Eastside, where growth has been intense.

The realignment has not yet started.

Since then, three new board members have been elected.

Board President Tammy Richards favors drawing up a plan that would expand an existing school and create a new high school.

A new redistricting plan has not been presented so far.

Richards said the 2009 plan could compromise education at Plano West and mean increased competition for spots on athletic teams and other extracurricular activities.

Opponents to a new realignment plan say the district can't take another debate on the issue, which bitterly divided residents. Opponents also say that concerns about athletics should not be put ahead of the needs of the district.

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