August 19, 2014 at 3:34 AM CDT - Updated July 27 at 7:40 AM
Changes are on the way in the Wichita Falls Independent School District.
In a 4-3 vote, Monday night the Wichita Falls Independent School Board of Trustees voted to implement the New Choice Rule come the 2015-16 academic school year.
The changes will affect incoming junior high and high school students. Many parents of WFISD students emotionally expressed their concerns to district leaders.
"Please consider this transition period for these seventh and eighth graders," said a parent, of two WFISD schools.
"We feeled alittle rushed for our eight graders that are already having to take a hit to go to another school and now possibly having to go to another high school," said another concerned WFISD parent.
Prior to the vote, board members went back-and-forth on the issue.
"People are going to start questioning where you living, where they want their kids to go to school. whatever they need to go to, because we're setting these zones up and that's going to be the new problem," said Kevin Goldstein, WFISD board president.
"I'm in favor of choice. I don't want to eliminate choice. I never wanted to eliminate choice. I just wanted to modify choice and that's what this does. I don't think it's going to be an issue," said Trey Sralla,
After a 4-3 vote approving the new policy, WFISD board member, Bob Payton amended the ruling to see if the board would vote to delay the implementation until the 2016-17 school year. His idea was to give parents and students more time.
However, the board voted 4-3 to deny it. Following the vote, many parents walked out in disappointment.
Newschannel 6 Jimmie Johnson spoke with Brenda Maclagan, a parent of two WFISD students about the decision.
"It would have been respectful to the community to delay it so people can become more prepared for this and they could have a better understanding of what's happening," said Maclagan.