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Lake Cyrus group prepares to fight Hoover school rezoning

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Under the original Hoover rezoning plan, children in the Lake Cyrus Subdivision were slated to move from Deer Valley Elementary to South Shades Crest.

That would only be a three minute drive on residential roads.

"If we were to be moved from Deer Valley, for us to go to South Shades Crest, it makes logical sense. It will not impact traffic at all," parent Suzanne Tignor said.

But under the new rezoning plan that was announced on Friday, children living in Lake Cyrus will now attend Trace Crossings Elementary. To get there, parents would have to drive past the other two schools.

That's a problem for parents like Tignor.

"For me, my impact is the time that I'm on the road. And if there is a weather emergency of some sort, I need to be able to get to my child," Tignor said.

Sunday night, residents came together in a closed meeting to organize their thoughts ahead of a scheduled sitdown with Superintendent Andy Craig.

Karah Parker has three daughters that will be impacted.

"All the teachers I have met at Deer Valley are great. We could not be happier there. I'm just as happy going to South, I'm just not completely sure about moving somewhere else," Parker said.

But unless something changes, that is the reality Parker and others will face.

"We've already had a difficult transition from big girl school. So I think that's just going to be more difficult to move to a different school," Parker said.

"We're a small community here, and we're a united community and we want what's best for our kids," Tignor said.

Parents in Lake Cyrus have a meeting with Superintendent Andy Craig scheduled for September 2.

"The forthcoming revision will likely be narrower in scope and result in change for fewer students, families, and schools while remaining focused on community values," Craig said in a statement.

Craig has said that he has and will continue to listen to the community and stakeholders about the changes in school assignments.

Craig is expected to present the rezoning plan to the school board on September 8. It will not go into effect until the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

High school rezoning is not up for consideration.

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