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Hearne Parents Say Education Is Number One Priority

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Race relations remain an often unspoken undertone in the Hearne-Mumford battle. Parents say this latest issue has no black or white answer.

"I'm satisfied with education they’re receiving at Mumford," says Sheridan Allen-Price, who sends her kids to Mumford ISD.

"I like Hearne schools. They've got a lot of good teachers and my daughter is not getting any less of a education," says Bobbie Threadgill, who sends her kids to Hearne.

Two Hearne families, two different opinions about where their children should be educated.

"I think I'm getting just as good an education here in Hearne as I was in Mumford, and I have a lot more choices," says Hearne student, Jessica Threadgill.

Jessica Threadgill is a senior at Hearne High. She's very active in FFA and the National Honor Society. This 17-year-old wanted to expand her horizons, so her parents pulled her out of Mumford and placed her in Hearne ISD three years ago.

"As kids got older, the school grew and to me it got to be not as much of a private school atmosphere and if they were going to go to a big school, than I wanted them to have all advantages they could have," says mother, Bobbie.

While the percentage of white students at Hearne is low, some parents we spoke to say its not a race issue, but rather parents having the right to choose where their child goes to school.

"My kids don't go to Mumford ‘cause I think its unsafe in Hearne. My kids go there for the quality of education they're receiving there, " says Price.

Sheridan Price moved her family to Hearne from Bryan. When it came time to choosing schools, they decided on Mumford.

"I transferred my kids to Mumford ‘cause at the time, Hearne schools were unacceptable and I gave my kids an option," says Price.

Her oldest daughter Raen graduated Salutatorian in 2004 and is now pursuing a degree in education at Blinn College.

Sheridan says her youngest daughter enjoys the individual attention and family like atmosphere Mumford provides.

"She's only in the 4th grade and it's the only school she's ever known," says Price.

Both families agree involvement in their child's life is key to a good education.