Leander ISD is one step closer to adopting new attendance zones as the opening of Elementary School No. 30 nears.

What happened

District administrators recommended the board of trustees adopt the district's third zoning scenario for Elementary School No. 30 at a Dec. 14 meeting. The district released the scenario in late November after receiving community feedback on two previous proposed scenarios.

The third scenario accounts for an increase in capacity at North Elementary and does not pull students from that campus to Elementary School No. 30, unlike the second scenario proposed by the district. Classrooms once designated for smaller programs at North Elementary can now be used for more students as the school expands, LISD Chief Operations Officer Jimmy Disler said.

The impact

Elementary School No. 30 would pull around 550 students from Bagdad and Plain elementary schools combined under the scenario.

Almost 1,000 students and several campuses would be impacted by the rezoning, according to district documents. Click here to view the district’s interactive zoning map.
  • 302 from Bagdad to Elementary School No. 30
  • 250 from Plain to Elementary School No. 30
  • 173 from Larkspur to North Elementary
  • 144 from Tarvin to Parkside
  • 68 from Camacho to Whitestone
  • 31 from Plain to Camacho
  • 27 from Camacho to Bagdad
What they're saying

Some board members expressed concerns about projections showing Elementary School No. 30 being under capacity, raising the capacity of North Elementary, future overcrowding at campuses and rezoning some neighborhoods multiple times.

"My kids are going to get rezoned all the time. I hate it," Place 4 board member Anna Smith said. "When I'm looking at this, and I'm talking with my community members, my concern is just how much stability can we give them?"

Long-Range Planning Committee member and parent Remy Martinez asked the board to reject the zoning scenario and create a new one.

"Overcrowding at North Elementary, failure to follow feeder patterns, multiple rezones of certain students and the splitting of neighborhoods between multiple schools clearly illustrates that this plan is ineffective," Martinez said.

What's next?

The board of trustees will vote on whether to adopt the attendance zones at its next meeting, which will be held Jan. 18.