CFISD board to consider adoption of new attendance boundaries at Jan. 19 meeting

The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees will consider adopting new attendance boundaries at its Jan. 19 meeting. However, the board could also elect to continuing examining the proposals and adopt them at a later date. The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees will consider adopting new attendance boundaries at its Jan. 19 meeting. However, the board could also elect to continuing examining the proposals and adopt them at a later date.[/caption]

The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees will consider adopting new attendance boundary proposals at a Jan. 19 meeting.

The district initially released the proposed attendance boundaries at a Nov. 16 meeting as a part of a plan to alleviate high enrollments at high schools that are over capacity. The proposals are based on the opening of two new high schools—Cypress Park and unnamed high school 12, expected to open at the beginning of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, respectively.

“This process has been going on months and months and will continue to the middle of January at least,” CFISD Superintendent Mark Henry said. “We tried to involve a group of people in the district that represents many different areas.”

The district set up an internal committee of administrators representing different parts of the district and different areas of responsibility, Hull said. The committee worked with demographic research firm Population and Survey Analysts to come up with enrollment projections through the 2021-22 school year. PASA was also involved in determining the best locations for the new schools.

District officials received comments from community over the course of the past two months. Comments were submitted online, through the mail and in person at the Dec. 14 board meeting. Parent concerns ranged from navigating new bus routes, loyalty to schools children currently attend and placing students in an entirely new environment in which they will have to get acquainted with new teachers and make new friends.

“All the schools in the district are great, so that is not my concern,” said Mona Shires, a parent in the Willow Point community whose child is being rezoned from Jersey Village to Cy Ridge. “But in our neighborhood, there is an entire community of parents who know and rely on each other. The rezoning cut only a few families out, so we have to start over building those new relationships.”

Officials will also be deciding whether to transfer both incoming 9th grade and 10th grade students to Cypress Park for the 2016-17 school year, or just 9th grade students. The latter would give the first class of juniors a chance to participate in all varsity team sports.

The committee based changes on a number of factors including campus feeder patterns, capacities, keeping communities together and the PASA enrollment projections. Proposals also include rezoning a handful of middle schools for the 2016-17 school year to keep feeder patterns in line. More details on the proposals, including maps showing which neighborhoods are being rezoned, can be found our Dec. 16 article and on the CFISD website.
By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.