Three elementary and middle schools to likely see rezoning in south Georgetown

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story appears in the February print issue of Community Impact Newspaper Georgetown, which went to press Jan. 17. Boundaries proposed were updated at the Jan. 21 Georgetown ISD board of trustees meeting. The maps in this article are the updated versions and differ slightly from those in the print issue.

Pickett, Carver and Mitchell elementary schools as well as Wagner Middle School students may see attendance rezoning in the 2020-21 school year.

Georgetown ISD has published proposed rezoning for the schools as it plans for the opening of two new elementary schools on the southeast and southwest portion of the district.

Brian Hallmark, assistant superintendent of operations and school leadership, said the district took into consideration campus capacity, growing areas in the city, and minimal impact on students and families when developing the new boundary lines.

Hallmark said the district, which had about 12,000 students in the 2019-20 school year, anticipates a growth of more than 2,300 students over the next five years, a gain of about 19%.

To accommodate this growth, the district has proposed the following changes.

Elementary school changes

All Pickett students will move to Wolf Ranch Elementary School in the fall. The Wolf Ranch zone will be expanded to include everything south of the North San Gabriel River and west of I-35. Impacted neighborhoods include Mayfield Ranch.

The Carver boundary lines will shrink to relieve overcrowding. Students who live west of I-35 will move to Wolf Ranch attendance zone. Students living in the Pinnacle neighborhood will be rezoned from Carver to Williams Elementary School.

The Mitchell zone will also shrink to where some students will move to Williams Elementary School. The main changes will be to the southern and eastern parts of the current attendance zone. The southern boundary will become Sam Houston Boulevard to Patriot Way, and the eastern boundary will become SH 130. All neighborhoods south and east of the boundary will attend the new Williams. The impacted neighborhood includes Fairhaven.

All other schools will not experience any changes, officials said.

Middle school changes

Students of Wagner can expect the most changes where the portion of the Wagner attendance zone south and west of Rabbit Hill Road will go to Tippit Middle School. Reversely, Tippit will gain the students in the Wagner zone east of I-35 and west of Rabbit Hill Road.

All other schools will not experience any changes, officials said.

Hallmark said the changes are projected to bring all elementary schools under capacity until the 2024-25 school year.

During a Jan. 21 school board meeting, Hallmark said the district has the capacity to allow all current fourth grade students to remain at their current school through fifth grade, however transportation will not be provided and the district does not have the capacity to grandfather younger siblings.

Hallmark added that the new campuses will offer dual language starting with a kindergarten cohort. All current dual language students will remain at their current campuses and transportation will be provided, he said.

The board will approve final zones in February.
By Ali Linan

Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


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