Catherine Ross, Plano Journalist
For the second time in two years, the Plano school district has changed where students from one middle school will attend high school.
After Tuesday night's Board of Trustees decision to realign enrollment in the Plano Independent School District, parents say they're ready to move on from the debate.
"There were days it felt ugly, and the communications that were going around felt ugly," said Steven Kravit, a father of two PISD students.
Kravit and other parents call the realignment decision an acceptable bargain.
The new plan will change the district’s feeder path to prevent enrollment at Plano West Senior High School from ballooning close to 3,500 students in the next decade.
“Am I 100 percent satisfied? No,” said Janice LaRue, who also has two children enrolled in Plano. “But I believe the compromise is an excellent one.”
Kravit said he would have liked to have seen better district balancing, but is very happy this decision is moving forward.
While the parents admit some discussions turned to property values and competition in the classroom, they were most fearful of what they call a “mega school”, where student population growth would outpace other resources.
"For example, my daughter tried out for cheerleading and there were only 10 spots available," said Kravit. "Ten spots at Shepton in a school that big makes it very difficult to make that team."
Moving forward, they hope parents on both sides of the debate can compromise.
"I think it is time that our community can come together, move forward, and focus on other things," said Dawn Gall.
In the meantime, parents are beginning to see heated talks and disagreements turn to talking about the future.
"At the end of the day, it was about our kids," said LaRue. "We want what is best for our children."