Rezoning Pasco schools fires up parents

A dispute about districts has begun in the county.

"My children are my life's work," Jennifer Walsey said.

Imagine as a parent everything you've planned for could be shattered.

"You want to rip her from all she's accomplished," Wasley said.

An emotionally packed board room with 3,000 signatures to urge the district.

"To not uproot our kids," said Christine Stahl.

"Overtime children lay foundations," said Deborah Fairbank.

And it's those very foundations that thousands of parents say are at risk of crumbling while the district attempts to alleviate overcrowding.

"We need to stop it so we can see what can be done to make sure all basis are covered and especially falsified addresses," Stahl said.

"The key is how do you find it this district does not have the resources to go knocking on doors doing a head hunt if you will we just don't have the resources to do that," said Kurt Browning, superintendent Pasco Schools District.

Some parents themselves have been victims of school boundary lines.

"I ended up graduating without my kindergarten friends I went to my 10- and 20-year reunions without them,  too."

"We bought our home in a neighborhood with grade A schools and now your threatening to transfer them to a grade C school," said Wasley.

But because of the explosive growth in Pasco, Browning has asked realtors to stop using schools as sales tactics.

"That property may be zoned for that school today there is no guarantee that will be the case tomorrow or next year," said Browning.

It's not so much going to another school it's taking them out of their existing schools, taking them out of their community.

Parents say because of the threat of losing their children's sense of community they will continue to let their voices be heard.

The district says there will be no delay in the process of rezoning school boundaries. The first committee meeting for the west side schools is Wednesday morning at Seven Springs Middle School.


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