Katy ISD board of trustees approves new school boundaries for 2020-21 school year

With the opening of Elementary School  No. 43 and Jordan High School, Katy ISD must redraw boundaries.

With the opening of Elementary School No. 43 and Jordan High School, Katy ISD must redraw boundaries.

After months of deliberation, Katy ISD has set new school zoning boundaries for the 2020-21 school year.

The KISD board of trustees unanimously approved attendance boundary modifications at an Oct. 28 meeting to accommodate Elementary School No. 43 and Jordan High School, both of which open next August. Discussions on the boundary changes began in June. Construction of both schools is funded by the $609.2 million bond approved by voters in 2017.

Elementary School No. 43, located at 6631 Greenwood Orchard Drive, Katy, will provide enrollment relief to Bethke Elementary School.

Jordan High School, located at 27500 Fulshear Bend Drive, Fulshear, will provide enrollment relief to Katy, Tompkins and Seven Lakes high schools.

Students in ninth-11th grades for the 2019-20 school year who currently attend Katy High School and have been rezoned to Tompkins, Seven Lakes or Cinco Ranch high schools will have the option to remain at Katy High, but transportation will not be provided, according to the district.

The sibling transfer rule, which allows siblings of currently enrolled high school students to attend the same school, will also apply with regard to the new schools, according to KISD.

Meanwhile, students in 10th or 11th grades for the 2019-20 school year at Seven Lakes and Tompkins high schools will remain at their current campuses, according to KISD. Students in ninth or 10th grade in the 2020-21 school year who were previously zoned to Seven Lakes or Tompkins high schools will attend Jordan High School. The sibling transfer rule will apply.

Students who want to transfer in order to remain at Katy, Seven Lakes or Tompkins can submit an online application between Nov. 1-Jan. 13.

Several parents and students from West Memorial Junior High School spoke during the public hearing portion of the Oct. 28 meeting to ask the trustees to allow current seventh- and eighth-graders at the school to transfer to attend Katy High School. The KISD trustees did not change the boundaries or allow this option. They explained the boundary changes is the best scenario for balanced growth among the district's high schools.

The district did make two changes between the proposed and actual boundary modification. In the approved plan, a land use zone that is split between WoodCreek Reserve and Katy Reserve subdivision will allow the students in the WoodCreek Reserve to be zoned to Katy High School, according to a presentation by Ted Vierling, KISD assistant superintendent for operations.

Additionally, in the approved plan, two land-use zones are to remain zoned to Seven Lakes High School, per Vierling's presentation.
By Jen Para

Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jen has written about business, politics and education. Prior to CI, Jen was the web producer at Houston Business Journal.


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