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Frisco ISD high school re-zoning

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Frisco ISD is opening its 7th high school this year.

Parents recently took a look at the proposed boundary changes for the new campus and some are not happy on how this will impact their families.

Hundreds of students from existing high schools would move away from their friends and neighborhoods to the new Independence High School which is under construction. Frisco ISD has never had to move so many students at once but administrators say it's the only option to keep schools small.

Capacity at Centennial, Heritage and Liberty high schools is at 2,100 students. All three schools are at or over capacity now and pushing 5-A athletics which is something residents don't want.

Administrators say building Independence High School and transferring kids was the only option in order to alleviate the overcrowding at those particular schools and to handle the additional growth.

Independence High School will open next August. The 8th high school will be finished in August 2015.  The district is already looking at building a 9th and 10th.

Jeffrey Henrey's 16-year-old son can't wait for the first bell. He tells his parents how packed his classrooms and the cafeteria are at Heritage and he looks forward to new athletic opportunities at Independence. "You can see the classrooms have gone up from last year, they are overcrowded. So that's a plus that Independence is going to relieve Heritage," said Jeffrey Henrey.

However Pratiba Sareen, who has a freshman daughter, is against the new zoning change. "We moved to this neighborhood because we knew it would lead to Centennial, we moved just three months ago," she said.  Independence is too far to walk for Sareen's daughter. It also separates her from many of her friends. Sareen hopes Frisco ISD might consider adding portables and maxing capacity at the three existing high schools instead of moving some students from each.

"Make them hit 2,500 and then build another one. Don't just pick up kids from other schools and make a high school," said Sareen.

Administrators tried to quell parents' concerns that the academics will be exactly the same at Independence as at the three current high schools.

The trustees won't vote on these boundary lines until their December meeting.

It's possible the lines could change again in a few years as more housing developments are built. Students could be rearranged again.

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