If you live near Churchill Way, your property values are about to go up.
The Alcuin School has pledged $1,000,000 to fund neighborhood security patrols in the neighborhood — $100,000 per year over the next ten years if the ‘hood agrees to a small zoning change.
Why are they doing this? To be nice neighbors. Alcuin (used to be St. Alcuin but they dropped the “Saint” a few years ago) wants to expand its International Baccalaureate program and upper school. To do so, they have filed a zoning application with the City of Dallas. As anyone who has had a child in a private Dallas school knows, competition to get in is fierce and once your child is in, you want to keep them there. Alcuin, like other private Dallas schools, evolved from an elementary program. They now have a high school program known as an International Baccalaureate. It is currently only open to 35 students. The school wants to open it up to 100 more students in grades 10 through 12, for a total upper school body size of 180.
The neighbors are having a fit over this and opposing the re-zoning. Why? They are concerned about the increased traffic this might bring to Churchill Way, which most would like to see maintained as a country-ish road.
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