BREAKING: Fort Bend ISD withdraws high school boundary rezoning recommendation

Fort Bend ISD has canceled all after-school activities for Sept. 19.

Fort Bend ISD has canceled all after-school activities for Sept. 19.

Ahead of the Jan. 22 Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees meeting, the school district said it would not be moving forward with the high school portion of the boundary changes.

In a Jan. 18 letter to parents, Superintendent Charles Dupre explained that the board was going to be asked to approve the recommended high school boundary change. Instead, the district will present a plan to keep attendance boundaries the same for the next two school years as well as expedite plans for construction of High School 12.

At the Jan. 15 board of trustees meeting, several trustees expressed concerns about how the continued rezoning was affecting students and communities, as well as the need for FBISD to provide a more long-term strategy for high school programming and utilization of buildings.

"Our decision to withdraw our recommendation for high school attendance boundary changes at this time is based on several factors, including the identification of a site for building High School 12 and the board’s desire to take immediate action to secure the site," Dupre wrote in the email. "This provides a more clear path forward and will enable the drawing of boundaries for the new high school and minimize the disruption to students of rezoning to balance enrollment and rezoning again to open High School 12."

In addition to asking the trustees to approve the recommended attendance boundaries for Malala Yousafzai Elementary on Jan. 22, the district will also seek approval to negotiate the purchase of an 80-acre tract of land for High School 12. It will also give insight into options that may enable the district to open the new high school two years ahead of schedule.
By 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.