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.
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, according to the district.