Southeast Fresno parents raised their voices at a school board meeting Monday evening, demanding an even playing field for their kids.
“Southeast and Southwest have been neglected for the past 30 years as far as education,” said Rene Logan, a parent on Fresno County Unified's Graduation Task force.
Parents say a new school that’s in the works could make all the difference.
Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School is slated to open in the spring of 2014. The opening was delayed from its initial opening date of August 2013...raising parents' concerns about quality of life and education.
Mary Curry has lived in the area for 3 decades. Her 5 kids have been bused to area schools and grandkids have followed in the same path.
“I think every child is entitled to have an opportunity to get an education; they should be equal. We shouldn't have one good school in one area and a poor school in another area. This school should open with the finest programs...instructors…” Curry said.
The school is being built on a 22-acre lot near Church and Martin Luther Kind Boulevard... surrounded by a church, a community center and track homes. It'll make room for 1,000 7th and 8th graders.
Roger Brown leads the neighborhood youth program and feels like parents in Southeast Fresno need a voice.
”We're talking about a low income housing here...there might be a little more problems you know,” he says.