Despite BAC vote, superintendent recommends relocating more students in Kiker, Baranoff boundary change

Southwest Austin parents attend a Boundary Advisory Committee meeting over the summer. 
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Southwest Austin parents attend a Boundary Advisory Committee meeting over the summer. Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper

Southwest Austin parents attend a Boundary Advisory Committee meeting over the summer. Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper

Despite the Boundary Advisory Committee voting Oct. 20 to recommend one plan to redraw boundaries at Southwest Austin elementary schools, Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz has advanced different plans to the board of trustees for consideration, according to an agenda packet released for a Nov. 4 board informational session.

The superintendent’s recommendations include boundary change plans that would relocate more students from both Kiker and Baranoff elementary schools to new campuses compared to the original recommendations made by the BAC, giving both overcrowded campuses additional enrollment relief.

In an attachment for the Nov. 4 meeting labeled “Superintendent’s Recommended Boundary Map,” Plan B outlines Kiker boundary changes that would send current students located south of South Bay Lane to the new Southwest Elementary School when it opens for the 2020-21 school year. The map would reduce enrollment utilization of the Kiker campus from 150% down to 110% in year three, according to the district.

For Baranoff Elementary School, Plan I would send current Baranoff students in the Greyrock neighborhood to the new Southwest Elementary School, while students at the northern end of Baranoff’s current boundary would attend Kocurek Elementary School. Those neighborhoods that would attend Kocurek include Palamino Park and Oak Creek Parke. Baranoff’s enrollment utilization would go down from its current 122% utilization to 106% in year three, according to the district.

To compare, Plan K would have only rezoned current Baranoff students in the Greyrock neighborhood and current Kiker students south of SH 45 to the new Southwest Elementary School, while other neighborhoods would have remained at their current schools.

The Southwest Austin boundary change recommendations are currently being included within the district’s School Changes Version 2 plan, which will be discussed by trustees for the first time Nov. 4. Trustees are expected to vote on school changes later this month.
By Nicholas Cicale

Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.


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