Austin ISD’s Boundary Advisory Committee at a meeting May 7 introduced three new plans to redraw boundaries for elementary schools in Southwest Austin, bringing the total number of plans being evaluated by the committee to 13.
Plans are being developed to create boundaries for the new Southwest Austin Elementary School, which will open to students for the 2020-21 school year, and to balance enrollment across the Southwest Austin portion of the district. Currently, Baranoff, Kiker, Cowan and, to a lesser extent, Mills elementaries are overcrowded, while Kocurek and Boone elementaries are considered underutilized.
The following three maps break down the current boundary proposals for seven Southwest Austin schools. Expand a map or open it in a new tab to turn layers on and off, which will toggle between the plans being proposed. Click a boundary to compare current campus utilization with what the projected utilization would be in 10 years if that specific plan were approved.
Baranoff, Kocurek and Menchaca plans
Kiker, Mills and the new Southwest Austin Elementary School plans
Boone and Cowan plans
At the May 7 meeting, the committee received an updated timeline in which it will have to make a selection. Originally scheduled to gather community feedback at an open house in early fall and to present to the AISD board of trustees in November, the committee will now hold two open houses over the summer and present findings in August.
The change comes after district staff requested the boundary changes be wrapped into the district’s plan to “reimagine” its use of current facilities, including the consolidating schools.
The committee also established criteria it would use to select a final plan. According to district documents, committee members will rate plans based on three-year enrollment projections, walkability on safe routes to a campus, and a plan’s handling of major roadways and neighborhood boundaries.