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This is a very sensitive topic for many parents. I understand why the school district has to adjust the elementary attendance boundaries. It isn't practical to keep open some schools that have very low attendance and then expect the students in overcrowded schools to get the type of education they are entitled to. Overcrowded schools affect teachers, students and administrators. Research has found that overcrowding can reduce students' ability to pay attention to teachers' instruction and even increase students' behavior issues. The rates of teacher and student absenteeism are more likely to be higher than at schools without overcrowding.

For the better good of our students and teachers compromises have to be made. Due to the continuing growth of Allen, the school district has had to change boundaries more times than I can remember. It is part of the growth of the city. I do not have a child in elementary school any longer but when I did I was always open to any suggestions that made my child's education better. This to me is a wise decision of Allen ISD.

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On 11/17/2022 at 3:51 PM, allen said:

It’s criminal that we sacrifice kids’ educational experience for the sake of football championships

I’m curious how football championships play into the rezoning of our district as well. 

The whole situation is incredibly unfortunate. I believe that this problem could have been avoided years ago when Olsen was built. At that time, the west side of town was projected to have the exact boom it’s having now, while the east side (where Olsen is located) has shown years of decline in elementary-level students. 

Either way, there’s nothing we can do about the past. I feel terrible for the families that will be affected by the rezoning, but I also appreciate the district trying to be financially responsible. It’s definitely a double-edged sword. 

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