The Pearland ISD board of trustees unanimously approved a rezoning plan Jan. 19 to address overcrowding at four district campuses. The new boundaries will affect approximately 675 students, according to officials.
District staff compiled the plan after a Templeton Demographics study in fall 2015 projected several schools will be over capacity within the next three years. The adopted plan targets the most overcrowded campuses: Cockrell and Harris elementary schools, Sablatura Middle School and Pearland Junior High West.
Don Tillis, PISD director of facilities and planning, said the district attempted to move the least amount of students as possible and maintain current feeder patterns. According to officials, the new boundaries will rezone some students to campuses closer to their homes.
The new boundaries will take effect for the 2016-17 school year except for students rezoned to Lawhon Elementary School, which is undergoing renovations. Those students will begin attending Lawhon in the 2017-18 school year.
The plan includes grandfathering options for students entering their final grade level at a school. However, officials said bus transportation will not be provided for students who choose to remain at their current school.
Approximately 420 elementary school, 125 middle school and 130 junior high school students will be affected by the new boundaries, officials said.
The rezoning will move 135 students from Cockrell—95 to Harris and 40 to Lawhon. About 170 students will be rezoned from Harris to Shadycrest Elementary School. From Shadycrest, 115 students will be rezoned to Rustic Oak Elementary School.
The plan will move 130 students from PJHW to Pearland Junior High East, and 125 Sablatura students will be rezoned to Alexander Middle School.
For additional information and maps, read the February edition of Community Impact Newspaper Pearland | Friendswood on Feb. 18.