February 4, 2005
Parents urged the Higley Unified School District governing board Thursday night to reject a proposal some said would cause their students to change schools once a year for as many as three years.
"There is a huge group of us that will be looking into charter schools so our kids can stay at one school," Auburn Gibbons said.
About 150 parents gathered in Higley High School’s library for the second meeting to take public comment on proposed boundary changes.
In the plan, students would be moved to make room for other students because of growth. The district’s high growth rate means several kindergartenthrough eighth-grade schools will be opened during the next decade.
"We’ve been out here more than three years," Keith Holmes said. "More than half of these people here have. It’s just not right."
But some parents said allowing current students to remain would only cause crowded classrooms as more homes are built.
When you build a home in neighborhoods that don’t have a school constructed yet, that’s the chance you take, opponents countered.
Board member Edwin Moore said the board is open to alternatives. A decision has not been made.
Maps of the plan can be viewed at www.husd.org. The board is expected to vote on the boundary changes at its Feb. 9 meeting.