Superintendent submits one more map to Hays CISD board of trustees for high school rezoning


At the Nov. 12 board meeting Hays CISD Superintendent Eric Wright presented to the board of trustees a third map to consider as it determines new high school attendance zones ahead of the opening of Johnson High School in 2019.

The two maps submitted as recommendations to the board by the rezoning committee are Plan 3 and Plan 6.

Wright said his map is a response to some of the flaws he saw in Plan 3 and Plan 6.

“I was really concerned foremost with what we were doing to our middle schools,” Wright said.

Wright’s map, named Plan 2A because it is similar Plan 2, avoids the overcrowding at McCormick Middle School that has drawn some criticism of Plan 3 and makes fewer changes to the middle school attendance zones than either Plan 3 or Plan 6.

“It keeps 99 percent of the population at their current middle schools,” he said.

In an effort to honor the wishes of some committee members, Wright made the Johnson High zone contiguous as well as added some land west of I-35 into the Lehman High School zone; though no students live in either of those areas, the district anticipates future growth in both.

Map 2A leaves Lehman High with 64.8 percent of students considered economically disadvantaged, compared to 39.1 percent at Hays High School and 37.9 percent at Johnson High, but Wright said that it also gives Lehman High the lowest population of all the high schools for the next 10 years

The board will consider all three maps before a final vote at the Nov. 26 meeting. In addition to a public comment period at the meeting the district is still collecting feedback via the website.

To see all maps and supporting documents or to provide feedback, see the district’s rezoning webpage.

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Katharine Jose has written about politics, infrastructure, environment, development, natural disasters and other subjects for The New York Observer, Capital New York, and The New York Times, among other publications. She was an editor for several publications in New York City before she moved to Texas, and has a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Texas-Austin.
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