Leander ISD to begin elementary rezoning for 2021-22

This map from the Leander ISD demographer's report shows a rough outline of elementary school boundaries in the northern half of the district for the 2021-22 school year. (Courtesy Leander ISD)
This map from the Leander ISD demographer's report shows a rough outline of elementary school boundaries in the northern half of the district for the 2021-22 school year. (Courtesy Leander ISD)

This map from the Leander ISD demographer's report shows a rough outline of elementary school boundaries in the northern half of the district for the 2021-22 school year. (Courtesy Leander ISD)

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This map from the Leander ISD demographer's report shows current elementary school boundaries and projected student growth through 2028-29. (Courtesy Leander ISD)
Correction: This story has been corrected to show nine elementary schools that would exceed 120% capacity over the next five years. Currently, there is no set list of elementary schools that will be rezoned for the 2021-22 school year.

Nancy Tarvin Elementary School will open in Leander in August 2021. With Tarvin’s opening, LISD will change the attendance zones of an yet-to-be determined number of elementary schools.


Akin, Camacho, Larkspur, Mason, Parkside, Plain, Pleasant Hill, Rutledge and Whitestone Elementary schools are predicted to be at 120% capacity or greater within five years.

At the Feb. 20 LISD meeting, trustees discussed the procedure and timetable for creating new school attendance zone proposals for review by the community.

At its Feb. 27 meeting, LISD trustees are expected to approve an attendance zone charter, which sets guidelines and a timetable for any potential zoning changes.



From Jan. 28-Feb. 11, LISD conducted a survey in an attempt to measure the community’s priorities with regard to elementary school zone changes, according to LISD documents. The online survey, which resulted in 4,278 respondents and 1,076 comments, asked people to rank a set of priorities. The top four priorities of the respondents were:




  • school size: relieve overcrowding and reduce class size;

  • school proximity: closeness to school, keep neighborhoods together;

  • minimize change: avoid multiple rezones of students; and

  • feeder patterns: keep students together as they transition to next school.



A bilingual survey was also held, drawing 157 participants and 44 comments. The top four priorities were school proximity, feeder patterns, minimize change and school size, according to LISD.



LISD’s schedule for attendance zone changes is as follows:




  • Feb. 27: trustees approve attendance zone charter;

  • March 12-26: staff collect community reaction to zoning scenarios;

  • March 27-May 1: LISD holds a minimum of two public forums;

  • May 14: trustees discuss elementary school zoning changes; and

  • May 21: trustees vote on whether to enact elementary school zoning changes.



The changes will take effect in August 2021, according to LISD.

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By Brian Perdue

Brian Perdue is the editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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