The possible consolidation of some Wichita Falls Independent School District schools had parents voicing their concerns on Wednesday evening for or against the move during a second public meeting.
Dozens of parents of Zundy and Barwise Junior High students packed the Barwise theater to learned more about what a possible consolidation of Alamo and Sam Houston Elementary Schools into Zundy, and Zundy students and teachers into Barwise could mean for their children and the WFISD.
Angie Stout, a Zundy mom, says she hopes the board of trustees is learning to their concerns.
"I just hope that with everything that was discussed tonight with making this, if the consolidation passes, making it a two year process like a transition period that was a very valid point one of the moms came up with," Stout says.
In addition, other parents like Tina Levy want to get their children involved in the discussion.
"I would love to see that they consider what's going to be good for the kids because it should be decided by the kids," Levy says. "They should have a say so and get them involved into these meetings and voice their concerns."
WFISD board members answered questions from parents while parents had an opportunity to give their feedback on the district's plans to consolidate the two junior highs.
Some of the concerns included future overcrowding in the classrooms, the future of the Choice program and the lost of critical programs in either school.
Parents also gave possible solutions to the board's plan of consolidating.
WFISD Board of Trustees Secretary Allyson Flack says the meetings have been extremely helpful.
Flack says, "We have heard some concerns that I think are very valid. Things that we have to look at. Ideas that we need to consider. I think that's what it's here for and that's what has worked out. I'm please with that."
Parents will have one more opportunity to learn more about a possible consolidation before a decision is made.
A third and final public meeting will take place on Oct. 29 at Wichita Falls High School from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
The board is expected to make a decision on consolidating the schools during their next scheduled board meeting on October 30.