Community reviews Fort Bend ISD rezoning options

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Interested parties of the proposed Fort Bend ISD rezoning plans were able to review two enrollment boundary options–Elementary 51 and high schools in the southeast portion of the district–at community meetings this week.

The district established focus groups in early November, which met the week of Nov. 26 to review and discuss several boundary options. The focus group for the high school portion met an additional in early December. The groups provided input on each option and also developed additional options to be considered, according to the district.

FBISD officials presented the options to the Board of Trustees on Dec. 10 for review. If approved, rezoning could begin as early as the 2019-20 school year.

The first plan is to rezone nine elementary schools near the new Elementary 51 in the Aliana community, some of which also affect middle and high school boundaries. Plans will also look at aligning feeder patterns and balancing projected utilization in the feeder pattern.

Attendance boundaries and feeder patterns will be reviewed at Holley, Lakeview, Madden, Neill, Oakland, Oyster Creek, Patterson, Pecan Grove and Walker Station elementary schools.

The district is also examining enrollment figures at Elkins, Hightower, Marshall, Ridge Point and Willowridge high schools. Both Elkins and Ridge Point are expected to exceed capacity beginning in 2019. Meanwhile, Hightower, Marshall and Willowridge are underutilized.

A large group of Quail Valley residents were in attendance for public comment at the Dec. 10 meeting. They are not in favor of the proposed boundary changes, according to resident comments.

The last community meeting will take place Dec. 13 at Elkins High School, 7007 Knights Court, Missouri City, beginning at 7 p.m.

Boundary presentations and feedback surveys will be available on the FBISD boundary planning website until Jan. 2.

Following the community meetings, staff will study and consider the feedback and possibly refine the proposed options.

Trustees will receive recommendations on the Elementary 51 boundary and high school enrollment balance at the January 22 meeting. Recommendations on the high school enrollment boundary will be presented at the February 18 board meeting.

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Christine Hall
Christine Hall joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2018, and covers Missouri City and Fort Bend ISD. She previously reported on health care innovation for the Texas Medical Center, was a freelancer, and held various news roles at the Houston Business Journal.
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