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Holt Parents Call For An Emergency Town Hall Meeting

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Holt School District parents and administration gathered today to continue talks about a hot button issue.

Administrators have approved a move that would put seniors in their own building and take freshman and put them with the sophomore and juniors, essentially swapping the location of the two grades.

There are still a lot of questions about the move--prompting parents to call for an emergency meeting at Chisom Hills banquet center.

Emotions ran high for many parents as they voiced their concerns.

"I'm frustrated. I want to know what's going happen to my incoming freshman," said Jennifer Castillo, mother of four children in the Holt Public School system.

Many were hoping to have their questions answered in regards to the many changes in the district, especially the campus switch for freshman and seniors.

The switch is set to help with budget constraints as well as give seniors more  opportunities to prepare for college that they do not have available right now at the main campus.

But some parents argue that they moved to the Holt school district in order for their 9th grader to be on a separate campus than the rest of the students.

Administrators say that things were accomplished today at the meeting.

"I felt like there was definitely some information that was shared that helped take away some of those misperceptions that parents have," Michael Willard Principal, Holt High School.

While some parents thought otherwise.

"Still no concrete answers, no documentation, no reports. Nothing supporting their assumptions," said Castillo.

Superintendent Johnny Scott says that the campus switch will help the district work within the means in which it has.

"We are trying to do the best we can given the circumstances we have with reduced funding, and declining enrollment with the 5800 students in the Holt school system," said Scott

Parents for the switch tell me that they have their own concerns, but think it is the best move for the district.

"There are some social issues, some emotional issues," said Barosko Holt Public Schools parent. "But its about offering some opportunities for our students that they don't have right now."

But parents warn if their voices are not heard, there is no telling what could happen next.

"Holt's been through some ugly things throughout the last two years. This one could get worse than any of them," said Vince Dragonetti, Holt Public Schools Parent.

Despite the concern and some protest, the switch is set to take place next fall.



--Savana Ciavatta is a reporter with WLNS-TV 6. You can email her at Sciavatta@wlns.com, tweet her at: @SciavattaWLNS or Facebook: Savana Ciavatta WLNS

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