Friday , 9 December 2016
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Letter to Editor: Let’s Look for Opposing MISD Rezoning Alternatives

Amanda Szecsy submitted the following letter to TownSquareBuzz.com concerning the ongoing McKinney ISD rezoning talks:

opinionI read the McKinney Town Square Buzz article on the rezoning.  My family lives in one of the areas that is proposed to be rezoned, one of the five neighborhoods zoned to Wolford.  I am opposed to the rezoning and am hoping the Board and MISD will consider other alternatives to the current proposal.  A couple of my concerns regarding the rezoning include that my neighborhood (Arbor Glen) is just 2.1 miles down Lake Forest from Boyd high school and has been built out for more than 10 years.  I would expect to be rezoned if I were moving into a newer area of McKinney or even a neighborhood with newer homes – my home and the homes in my neighborhood are 15-20 years old. If necessary, my children could walk home from Boyd without any issue.  Secondly, in the proposed map it appears they are moving a neighborhood (the neighborhood north of Bois D’Arc) into the overcrowded Boyd from an underutilized MNHS at the expense of pushing our neighborhoods out.  A disruption of two neighborhoods for a swap of students?  Here’s a chart that compares the distances from each of these two areas affected:
Corner of Community & Gabriel Spring Hill Dr. & Ridge Rd (Wolford zoned neighborhood)
2.1 mi. to MNHS 2.1 mi. to Boyd
2.1 mi. to MHS 5.1 mi. to MHS
3.9 mi. to Boyd 5.8 mi. to MNHS
The MISD Board voted on 5 parameters that are to be equally weighted when considering rezoning:  1. socio-economic diversity – this is not affected by leaving the Wolford neighborhoods intact at Boyd;  2. considering current and future capacity needs – By moving the Wolford neighborhoods over and the other changes in the proposed rezoning, we have been told MHS will have enrollment of 2,997 just 3 shy of capacity.  MHS is brining in a new JROTC program and has other programs specific to that high school which would not allow for growth of those programs or much of a margin of error;  In addition the Wolford area has flat to declining growth and built out so why not leave it at the school you’re looking to alleviate overcrowding instead of continuing to include neighborhoods that have yet to be built out (Walker Elementary area excluding Mallord Lakes) or less predictable neighborhoods (north of Bois D’Arc).  The other 3 parameters proximity, boundary stabilization, and keeping K-12 together when possible are also supported by Keeping ALL of Wolford at Boyd.
We are looking to the district to provide the rationale behind splitting another elementary school unnecessarily and arbitrarily when maintaining Wolford’s current zoning status actually supports each of the MISD Board of Trustees equally weighted zoning parameters.  At this point it has been difficult to get data to help come up with alternate solutions as Dr. Kennedy requested in his latest video blog as our data requests to the district seem to have fallen on deaf ears.  Some examples of the information we are seeking is,  “what are the actual number of Wolford zoned students being affected both with and without grandfathering, the alternate plans considered and the fiscal notes for those plans, the projected bus route times from the new neighborhoods that are being rezoned and the old bus routes being removed, is the district using demographic data or actual enrollment data for their predictions (even in the built out neighborhoods)”.   Without this information it is difficult to have a factual and unemotional discussion on the rezoning.  Our goal is to help Keep ALL of Wolford at Boyd!!
Thank you for your willingness to keep everyone abreast of the developments here in McKinney.
Best Regards,
 Amanda Szecsy

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