Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Henry Gideon's name.

Hutto ISD officials will finalize new attendance boundaries this fall in anticipation of Gus Almquist Middle School's opening set for the 2024-25 school year.

What's happening?

District officials provided an update on the timeline for adjustments to attendance boundaries, or the process of leveling boundaries, on Aug. 10. Henry Gideon, HISD's assistant superintendent of operations, said district staff would begin and finalize the new attendance boundaries before the end of the year. It will be done on this timeline to allow middle school students to select courses based on the school they will be attending for that school year.

How we got here

The realignment of HISD's attendance patterns come as part of the district's improvement plan to facilitate the opening of the new middle school next year.

The framework

District documents show that at a future meeting, the board of trustees will appoint two parents from each campus. The 22-person Attendance Rezoning and Boundary Leveling Committee will work with the district's demographer and administration to develop draft recommendations for board approval.

The takeaway

Gideon said adjusting attendance boundaries will provide the following benefits to the district:
  • Improve traffic distribution as well as travel time and safety for bus riders.
  • Balance attendance zones with growth in those areas.
  • Provide reliability and predictability to enable administration to develop budgets with equitable resource allocation.