Handful of parents attend Abilene ISD middle school boundary meeting

POSTED: 9:39 PM Jan 21 2014   UPDATED: 8:27 AM Jan 22 2014
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ABILENE, Texas -

Very few parents showed up to the first of two information meetings held to gather feedback about a proposal to move the boundaries of Craig and Mann middle schools.

Associate Abilene ISD Superintendent Scott McLean said Craig Middle School has become overcrowded, but Mann, on the other hand, has stayed the same. The changes, he said, would affect about 80 students

"There's 80 there today. There’s no telling how many will be there when school starts next year," McLean SAID.

Students who would have to change schools currently live between North 12th and North 20th Streets, west of Mockingbird and east of Catclaw Creek.

Mary Lou Rangel, who lives inside the boundary, said she would welcome the change.

"We wish that they would be in Mann’s district because I wouldn't have to go so far to drop them off and they could walk and be so close in case of emergency, but I didn't have a choice," said Rangel.  

Other parents have some concerns with the idea.

"Obviously class size is a concern. With a child here at Mann, I want the class size to be as low as possible so that he can get as much interaction one on one with the teachers possible," said Kris Wilson, who has a sixth grader attending school at Mann.  

The next boundary meeting will be held at Craig Middle School on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m.

The school board is expected to review feedback and the proposal at their Feb. 10 meeting.