The concept of going to school in the town you live in was repeated over and over again at Wednesday's public hearing at Fuquay-Varina High.
As noted in today's article, several speakers from Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Willow Spring argued their children shouldn't be reassigned to schools outside their town.
"It makes sense to keep students at their community school," said Donald Kanning, whose Holly Springs subdivision could be reassigned to the new Herbert Akins Road Elementary in Fuquay-Varina
Lori Verni talked about how people like her had specifically chosen their home based on the assumption they'd go to school in their community. She talked about residents in her Holly Springs subdivision are business owners in town and are active members of local civic groups.
Verni brought it down to the level of what would happen if their children, if assigned to Herbert Akins, were to ride in a float in Fuquay-Varina's Christmas parade. She said parents would wonder if they should attend the Christmas parade in Fuquay-Varina or Holly Springs.
The theme was repeated so often that speakers said they weren't going to dwell on it any further. (The school board members ask parents not to repeat the same ideas during their presentations.)
During the hearing, Kanning made some waves with a shot at school board member Horace Tart.
Kanning and several other Holly Springs residents questioned why they're being reassigned to Herbert Akins when there are neighborhoods closer to that new school.
Kanning got even more specific when he asked why a subdivision developed by Tart wasn't going to Herbert Akins when he said that was closer to the new school. He didn't name the subdivision.
After the hearing, Tart said he didn't know what Kanning was talking about. Kanning had left by then.