Conroe ISD approves new attendance boundaries, school calendar

Conroe ISD will partner with the Montgomery County Food Bank to host a donation drive to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts on Friday.

Conroe ISD will partner with the Montgomery County Food Bank to host a donation drive to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts on Friday.

Conroe ISD’s board of trustees approved finalized attendance boundaries for three new schools and an updated 2017-18 school calendar during a meeting Tuesday night.

After three rounds of community forums and soliciting feedback from residents, district officials sought board approval for attendance boundaries for Bradley Elementary School—slated to open in August—as well as Grand Oaks High School and the new intermediate school—both slated to open in August 2018.

“In addition to those public [forums], we received over 1,000 comments via the website,” said Chris Hines, CISD deputy superintendent of schools. “We took all of that and came up with three recommendations.”

The new boundaries send students in Legends Trace, Wrights Landing, Bristol Lakes, The Falls—south of Angel Park Drive—Creekside and Legends Run—west of Birnham Woods Drive—to Bradley Elementary School.

Creekside, The Falls, Legends Trace, Benders Landing, Legends Run, Wrights Landing, Bristol Lakes and Woodson’s Reserve are all zoned to the new intermediate school when it opens. Those neighborhoods, plus Fox Run, Legends Ranch, Spring Trails, Lockeridge Farms, Harmony, Legends Ranch Estates, Spring Creek Pines and Discovery Creek Apartments, are zoned to Grand Oaks High School.

To view maps of all three zones, click here.

School calendar

The board approved a new school calendar and set Wednesday, Aug. 16 as the first day of the 2017-18 school year.

Under state law, public schools in Texas cannot start the school year earlier than the first Monday in August, which is Aug. 28 this year. However, CISD adopted a District of Innovation plan in December, which permits district-level control of the school calendar.

“I really appreciate the district-level planning committee going through this exercise,” trustee Ray Sanders said. “I really like the mid-week start date. I think us creating that District of Innovation [plan] allowing us to start a couple weeks early really helps at the end of the year. I like being done by May, and I think everybody else probably feels the same way. It gives you a full summer to really spend with your family.”

Additionally, the district has allotted an early release day for Friday, Oct. 6 and a day off on Monday, Oct. 9. Thanksgiving break will still be one full week, and winter break for students will be Dec. 21-Jan. 9. This will allow for 84 instructional days during the first semester and 94 instructional days the second semester.

Spring break will be March 12-16, and students will receive an additional early release day March 9. The last day of school for students will be May 21.

To view the board approved calendar, click here.
By Beth Marshall
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.