Parents Concerned About WFISD Consolidation Plan

Concerned parents are banding together in protest after Wichita Falls Independent School District announced a proposal to consolidate several of its schools.

The WFISD says they want to consolidate Sam Houston and Alamo Elementary, the two oldest schools in the district, and move the students into the Zundy Junior High facility.
Then students and teachers at Zundy would move to the Barwise Junior High campus.

When Misty Leonard, a mother of a former and current student of Zundy Junior High heard the plan to consolidate with Barwise,  it got her attention.

“I don't see how you can take a complete program faculty and staff and move it to another school that already has their own program and faculty and staff. The overcrowding it's going to cause, I really believe we will lose that program,” she said.

Leonard took to social media, and created the Facebook page "Help Save Zundy Junior High."

Folks with similar concerns showed their support, like Angie Stout, who says she chose Zundy through the choice program for her 7th grade daughter, Madison, and sees its specialized programs success.

“She loves school, she is up on her own ready before we are usually up, and ready to go to school, and loves all of her teachers, has made lifetime friends, it's just, it's different,” said Stout.

WFISD school board officials say they have no intentions of getting rid of the staff, faculty or programs at Zundy.

“What we want to do is preserve those programs and move them to the Barwise campus so we get them in a better building,” said Trey Sralla, of the WFISD school board. 

But many parents are still hesitant to get on board.

“I understand that we need new schools, I do, I don't agree with the way they are going about doing it,” said Leonard.

“Part of it is we have a responsibility to the tax payer of the WFISD to be efficient as possible and that part of what this is about,” said Sralla.

The WFISD says they plan to have a public meeting to discuss the proposed moves, although a date for that has not been set.

In the meantime, those opposed to the idea are trying to gain more momentum.

They're collecting signatures for a petition against closing Zundy. 

They plan to gather to get more signatures at Texas Roadhouse on Monday from 3-6 pm.

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