For the second time in less than two weeks, the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees held a telephone town hall to take in feedback about the new version of the high school rezoning map. The response during Monday’s town hall meeting was considerably more positive than during the first town hall meeting.
Instead of a steady stream of parents from Wolford Elementary complaining about the splitting up of the Wolford kids between McKinney Boyd High School and McKinney High School, the board was greeted by compliment after compliment from Wolford parents about the changes adopted last week.
Under the current proposal, all of the Wolford students will stay together and go to Boyd.
During the hourlong call, the board members heard mostly positive feedback about the current rezoning proposal. One parent told the board members, “This map makes sense. The entire Wolford community supports this draft.”
Other parents, from the Wolford area and other schools as well, thanked the board for its willingness to take feedback from parents and make changes to the map where the board deemed necessary. “I know the board has a tough job and that not everyone will support this map,” one parent said. “But I thank them for their efforts.”
The newest map proposal isn’t without its detractors though. The board heard from several parents in the Walker Elementary area who were unhappy that the kids from Walker would be spilt between Boyd and MHS in the current proposal. Board Member Bobby Amick said that the Walker split is due to economic concerns. “The issue there was one of cost versus trying to keep that neighborhood together,” Amick told parents. “If all of the kids went to McKinney High, then we’d need additional bussing. As it is now, we won’t need new bussing.”
MISD Superintendent Dr. JD Kennedy later told parents that the district is “trying to keep neighborhoods together,” but that the new rezoning map will reduce bus routes by four which will save money for the district.
Late in the call, one parent and told the board and other parents listening that splitting up the kids is tough but may ultimately be for the best. “There’s never going to be a perfect solution where children aren’t going to be split up at some point in their schooling,” she said. “That’s just part of life, and this is just one of the ways that we teach our children to adapt to change. And if we have a board that’s looking at what’s best financially, then obviously that’s the best solution. I support the new map.”
At the end of the call, the board members thanked all of the parents who’ve reached out via both the online feedback forum on the district’s website. “We appreciate your input and the calls that you’ve made,” Dr. Kennedy said. “This board has taken these comments seriously. They’ve sweated over this.”
Board President Curtis Rippee echoed those sentiments. “I appreciate how everyone has approached this,” Rippee said. “It’s a difficult task. It sometimes gets lost here that we have three great high schools with three great administrations and three great sets of teachers. I would be very proud to send my kids to any of the three high schools.”
The board will reconvene on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for their regular monthly meeting and barring a last-minute change will vote to approve the proposed map.
For more information about MISD rezoning including a breakdown of the zones and proposed grandfathering provisions, click below for TSB’s previous coverage of the rezoning discussions.