Parents share concerns for new Sherman ISD zoning plans

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) As Sherman gets closer to the final decision of their school district rezoning process, a couple of parents expressed their concerns Monday night at the board meeting. They said they don't want the district to pull their children from the schools they've been attending for some time.

One parent, Ashley Plumb, and her husband are in the process of building their dream home. They chose to build in an area they felt safe, and close to Sory elementary school for their kindergartner. But by next year, their son may have to transfer schools.

"Having our child move when he's already established in school to a completely different school, when our house will be closer to the school that he currently attends," Plumb said.

Plumb attended Monday night's school board meeting. With a new high school, second middle school and capacity of students, the 2020-2021 school year will have many changes. The one catching the most attention: the plan to move 5th graders back to the elementary schools.

To do that without going over capacity at some schools, the district has to re-write the attendance zone map. They're in the process of holding six public meetings, where parents are encouraged to speak out, express any concerns and ask questions.

Plumb has attended a few of the meetings so far.

"I just hope that they re-evaluate based on our feedback, and decide to do what's best for our kids," said Plumb.

Assistant superintendent Tyson Bennett says final approval in December and they'll be listening to parents' concerns between now and then.

"When you're adding campuses to your district, you have to redraw the boundary lines, to set up a population area or a catch me area for that school, so as we do that, it's going to impact families," said Bennett.

Bennett says the school zones will have to change -- in part -- because of the increase in population.

"Growth is a good thing, and we're seeing that growth in our city and we have to plan for that," said Bennett. "So as we plan for that, we're building zones that will sustain that growth over time, and we're planning for future growth."