With new elementary school opening, San Marcos CISD seeks community input on attendance zones

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As San Marcos CISD gets ready to open Rodriguez Elementary School in August 2019, officials are seeking community input on redrawing the district’s attendance zones.

The construction of the new school, which will be located off of I-35 and Posey Road in the new Trace development, is funded by a bond measure passed by San Marcos residents in 2017.

SMCISD hosted community meetings Oct. 29 and Nov. 1 to get input and take questions from parents about the rezoning process. There will be four more meetings.

Community members may attend, contribute ideas and ask questions about the draft map at De Zavala Elementary Nov. 8, Hernandez Elementary Nov. 13, Mendez Elementary Nov. 14 and Travis Elementary Nov. 15. All of the meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Andrew Fernandez, SMCISD executive director of communications and community relations, said at the Nov. 5 SMCISD board of trustees meeting that the final rezoning map will be published after the last of the community meetings.

Fernandez said the final zoning should be designed to anticipate growth and serve the district for more than 5 years. While rezoning, officials will try to follow existing boundaries, such as I-35, to avoid the appearance of gerrymandering. When possible, neighborhoods will be assigned to the same school, he said.

According to the current draft map, Rodriguez Elementary will have 340 students in the first year. Fernandez said the school will start with a lower population than other elementary schools in the district because when the Trace development is completed, there will be a substantial influx of students who will attend Rodriguez Elementary.

 

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Anna Herod covers local government, education, business and the environment for the San Marcos and Hays County communities. Born and raised in Texas, Anna moved from North Texas to San Marcos in 2014 where she has been covering local news ever since. Her bylines have appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, Hays Free Press and The Burleson Star. She is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
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