Director of General Administration Kristi Giron presented the proposed 2020-21 attendance boundary changes at a Nov. 11 board meeting. If approved, the plan would affect nearly 1,900 students in the 2020-21 school year.
“Our proposal includes a very conservative approach and only affects four middle schools in the south side of the district,” she said. “Our plan will offer much needed relief to two of those four middle schools while populating Rowe.”
A district committee began meeting in early August to discuss options to populate the new middle school. The committee included representatives from the transportation, student services, accountability, elementary and secondary administration, athletics, and planning services departments.
Officials also consulted with demographers with the demographics firm Population and Survey Analysts to learn more about future developments and enrollment projections in the affected area. Other considerations included school capacities, keeping changes minimal and input from the community, which officials said would continue to be collected over the next several weeks.
The board will vote on whether to approve the district’s recommendation at a Dec. 16 board meeting, and community members can submit feedback regarding the plan online in the meantime.
The committee recommended the following changes:
From Thornton Middle School to Rowe Middle School
- Elyson, Lantana, Jasmine Heights, Bearcreek Glen, Eagle Ranch W. South, Westfield Village, Villages of Bearcreek and Villages of Bearcreek N. would be rezoned from Thornton to Rowe. About 405 students would be affected in 2020-21.
From Hopper Middle School to Rowe Middle School
- Settlers Village S., Cypress Oaks, McGill, Highland Creek Ranch, Lakeville, Bearcreek Meadows W., Eagle Ranch W., Freeman Douglas and Settlers Village would be rezoned from Hopper to Rowe. About 525 students would be affected in 2020-21.
From Kahla Middle School to Rowe Middle School
- Bearcreek Meadow, Bearcreek Meadows NW and Bearcreek Plantation would be rezoned from Kahla to Rowe. About 178 students would be affected in 2020-21.
From Anthony Middle School to Hopper Middle School
- Yaupon Ranch and Remington Grove would be rezoned from Anthony to Hopper. About 374 students would be affected in 2020-21.
From Anthony Middle School to Kahla Middle School
- Westgate W. of Creek, Westgate west of Barker Cypress and Paddock (Fairfax Landing) would be rezoned from Anthony to Kahla. About 307 students would be affected in 2020-21.
Giron’s presentation also included two additional proposed amendments to the plan. The first is a high school boundary change that would involve all future Hopper Middle School graduates attending Cypress Springs High School instead of Cypress Park High School.
The second is an elementary school boundary change as a result of new apartment complexes and residential communities being constructed.
Cypress Park High School to Cypress Springs High School
- Canyon Villages of Cypress Springs would be rezoned from Cypress Park to Cypress Springs. About 53 current eighth graders would be affected in 2020-21. Current ninth-12th graders would remain at Cypress Park next year.
Hemmenway Elementary School to Walker Elementary School
- Lantana would be rezoned from Hemmenway to Walker. About 6 students would be affected in 2020-21.
Wilson Elementary School to Tipps Elementary School
- Esperanza at Queenston Apartments and Green Meadows Apartments would be rezoned from Wilson to Tipps. About 25 students would be affected in 2020-21.
If any current fourth or seventh graders affected by the plan wish to stay at their current campuses, they may do so if their parents provide transportation. However, this option is not available for younger siblings.
Students affected by high school boundary changes who have an older sibling attending Cypress Park are eligible for a sibling boundary transfer and would be allowed to remain at Cypress Park until graduation.
To learn more about the district’s plan or to submit feedback, visit the district’s website.