Wylie ISD residents concerned about multiple developments

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - Wylie ISD voters approved a $45 million bond to benefit Wylie ISD. However, some concerned residents are speaking out about the multiple developments popping up around their neighborhoods.

Renee and Wade Wilson have lived on Pilgrim Road for 11 years. Just outside of Abilene city limits, they have the perfect balance of city and country life.

"At night, since its county, there's no street lights," Wade Wilson says. "Very dark, very quiet."

Now, that quiet the Wilsons enjoy is changing. With Wylie East Elementary being built on one side of the neighborhood and plans for Wylie East Junior High on another, residents like the Wilsons are concerned.

"None of us out here know how having a junior high school at the top of our road that comes right in front of our house is going to affect the traffic coming in front of our house and the noise levels and the value of our property also," Wade says.

In addition to the schools, potential housing development could change their quiet, country lifestyle to a hustle and bustle they're not used to.

"Now with all this development going on all at once within the next year it's going to completely change everything," Wilson says.

The Wilsons say they support the bond and school, but would like to see one change in plans.

"I'm not against the school bond," Wade explains. "I would just like to ask the school district or superintendent to maybe consider placing it further away from the subdivision, further away from the city limits."

Wylie Superintendent Joey Light says he's hopeful the community can come together to find a solution.

"Some folks who were disappointed that we won, they're still part of our community," Light says. "We hope that we can gather everybody up and move forward in a positive way."

Something the Wilsons say they agree with.

Light says Wylie East Elementary should be open next August and the hope is to have Wylie East Junior High open in 2019.



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