Frisco Parents Speak Out Against Rezoning, Calling It ‘detrimental to Students'

Frisco parents upset that school officials plan to rezone their children to new schools next year showed up at Monday's meeting with a message for the board: don't do it.Two parents presented a petition to the board opposed to rezoning their neighborhood while another parent called the boundary changes in his neighborhood "detrimental to students." The board is scheduled to vote Jan. 9 on the rezoning proposals, which would affect nearly 300 Frisco ISD youngsters districtwide. Todd Fouche, the district's deputy superintendent of business services, told the board that rezoning is always emotional, always personal. But, Fouche said, "We don't take any of these recommendations lightly." The petition with 58 signatures opposes rezoning one neighborhood from Gunstream Elementary to Christie Elementary. Shifting schools next year would "negatively affect our students' education as well as the value of our homes," the petition stated.The district estimates that 70 students living in that area of the Preston Vineyards neighborhood would attend Christie Elementary next year. "If we get rezoned, it would mean me rethinking living in Frisco," said parent Ryan Gregg, citing the lower achievement rates for students at Christie Elementary, which houses the district's bilingual program.  Continue reading...

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