Hays CISD has begun the process to create a school attendance zone for the opening of the district’s 16th elementary school.

The details

The new campus is located in the Anthem subdivision in Kyle and is slated to open in August 2024. In July, the board of trustees voted to create a committee of 14 citizens to review proposed maps, receive public input and create recommendations that will be presented to the board for a vote by December of this year.

“Board policy requires the district administration to create at least two starting-point maps for consideration by the citizen committee,” Hays CISD Chief Communication Officer Tim Savoy said. “We encourage everyone who has an opinion to reach out to the committee by using the special ‘Zone Talk’ button on the committee’s webpage or attending one of two public forums. People can also follow along as the process progresses, view the prevailing draft maps, and see all of the materials presented to the committee on the committee webpage.”

Diving in deeper

According to the district, HCISD establishes attendance zones for schools to:
  • Maintain the neighborhood school concept.
  • Prevent, reduce, and eliminate overcrowding.
  • Allow for future growth.
  • Keep distances traveled by students as short as possible.
  • Minimize the need for student transportation.
  • Allow campuses to house students safely and provide adequate services to all students.
Negley Elementary and Kyle Elementary attendance zones may be affected by the new elementary school, according to HCISD.

The 16th elementary school in the district was approved by voters as part of the district’s 2022 bond election. According to the district, construction on the 117,611-square-foot campus in early 2023 and will be able to accommodate up to 900 students in grades pre-K through 5. The total cost of the project is $43.3 million.

More information on the committee can be found at www.hayscisd.net/zone2023.