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McKays Mill parents submit revised proposal to allow kids to attend WCS, not FSSD

A group of 11 parents and interested parties asked the Franklin Special School District to consider a revised proposal to allow children in some sections of the McKay’s Mill development to have the option to attend Williamson County Schools, where the “supermajority” of the neighborhood attend.

The proposal, presented May 6 at a non-voting work session of the FSSD Board of Education, asks “to allow the families of Falcon Creek, Caldwell Estates and Hadden Hall … to have the option for their children to attend the same school as the rest of the neighborhood.”

According to Franklin physician Dr. Brian Fengler, “there are kids on one side of the street [in Caldwell Estates] going to FSSD, and the other side going to [Williamson County Schools].” At Falcon Creek, he said, only seven out of 180 homes are zoned for FSSD, and in Hadden Hall, the children from 80 homes out of 1,336 are slated to attend FSSD.

“What we’ve tried to do is limit this to a very specific situation,” Fengler said.

Comments from the FSSD board in response to a previous draft of the proposal prompted Fengler to include verbiage designed to assuage concerns that accepting it would not set a precedent for other neighborhoods to challenge school district lines.

“This option is being given to these neighborhoods because of their unique situation whereby an extreme minority (approximately 10 percent or less) of the neighborhoods are zoned for one school district, while the supermajority of such neighborhoods are zoned for a different district,” the proposal reads.

“What you’re asking for is a release,” asked Tim Stillings, vice chair of the FSSD Board of Education. 

“That’s right,” Fengler answered.

Fengler said the group does not question the quality of education offered by the FSSD – their the concern is largely social.

“Our kids will not have the opportunity to go to school with the other kids in the neighborhood,” Fengler said.

 The proposal, if enacted as written, would allow the FSSD to continue to collect property taxes from the homes in the affected areas.

Consideration of the proposal will likely be an agenda item at the next FSSD board meeting, scheduled for May 13.

Posted on: 5/6/2013


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