Conroe ISD considers two attendance boundary options for Suchma Elementary School before August 2019 opening

The Conroe ISD board of trustees meets on the third Tuesday of each month.

The Conroe ISD board of trustees meets on the third Tuesday of each month.

[gallery ids="368540"]

With Dave and Sheree Suchma Elementary School slated to open for the 2019-20 school year, Conroe ISD officials are working to redraw the attendance boundaries of schools with minimal effects to CISD students.


Suchma Elementary School, previously known as Flex 19, will open as a K-6 school in Harper’s Preserve as part of the Oak Ridge High School feeder zone in August 2019. To prepare for the new school, CISD established a 25-member Attendance Boundary Committee to develop and propose possible zoning scenarios to submit to the community for feedback. The committee comprises administrators, principals and parent representatives.


The ABC is considering two attendance boundary scenarios. CISD officials said the ABC considers a variety of factors when developing zoning scenarios, including campus capacity, effects on families, transportation patterns, demographics and the possible locations of future schools.


In scenarios 1 and 2, students who reside in Ponderosa Timbers, Lexington, Oak Forest, Whispering Oaks, Hickory Ridge, Tall Timbers Section 3 and Montgomery Creek Ranch will move from Houston Elementary School to Suchma. Students who live in Harper’s Preserve, the Tall Timbers section south of Hwy. 242, Gleneagles south of Hwy. 242 and Dogwood Forest will move from Oak Ridge Elementary School to Suchma.


Additionally, in both scenarios students south of Sawdust Road and east of Pruitt Road will move from Lamar Elementary School to Houser Elementary School to create capacity at Lamar so a bilingual program can be added. Students north of Timber Lakes will move from Hailey Elementary School to Glen Loch Elementary School to relieve capacity at Hailey in both scenarios.


“Scenario 1 impacts fewer families than Scenario 2, but the cons with Scenario 1 are that we do not reduce overcrowding at Glen Loch Elementary or Ride Elementary,” Deputy Superintendent Chris Hines said.


In Scenario 2, students who live in the apartments south of FM 1488 near I-45 and in the Dominion Apartments will move from Powell Elementary School to Houser to create capacity at Powell and to relieve Ride, which is currently overcapacity by 102 students, according to CISD. Students who live in Jacobs Reserve east of Jacobs Lake Boulevard and north and south of Jacobs Reserve Boulevard  will also move from Ride to Powell in Scenario 2.


“Some of the negative aspects of Scenario 2 is that it splits a large neighborhood and creates an additional group of students who are attending elementary school outside of the high school feeder,” Hines said.


In both scenarios, Suchma will have an attendance of approximately 853 students. The school’s capacity is 1,000 students.


The ABC hosted three community meetings about the zoning process and three additional meetings in November for the community to provide feedback on proposed scenarios. Three additional community meetings are scheduled on Jan.8-9, during which the ABC will present the proposed zoning recommendations.


“Both scenarios fill our new elementary school, which allows us [to] examine options for relieving overcrowding at other campuses,” Hines said. “It is always difficult to rezone because of the impact any adjustment has on our community.”

By Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


MOST RECENT

DATA: See the most recent trends in home sales and median prices in The Woodlands area

The median price was up in September 2020 in five of seven ZIP codes, compared to 2019.

Voters wait in line at a Cy-Fair polling location Oct. 16. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County ballot totals approach 630,000 in first six days of early voting

Ballot counts have averaged about 100,000 daily. Twelve days of early voting remain before the Nov. 3 general election.

A total of 10 polling places are now open throughout the county for early voting. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than 76,000 ballots cast in Montgomery County through first 5 days of early voting

While the total outpaces the count through the fifth day of early voting from previous general elections, the county's voter turnout percentage so far is lower than in 2012 and 2016.

Addison Woods, a new wedding and event venue, opened in early October on Pruitt Road. (Courtesy The Wedding Show)
5 new business launches, anniversaries in The Woodlands area: Houston Furniture Bank, a wedding venue and 3 more

A local travel agency and church also marked their first anniversaries in recent weeks.

The Woodlands Township is using a screening process for visitors entering township buildings. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)
The Woodlands to open town hall Oct. 19, temperature check kiosks operating around township

A device allows for a no-touch temperature screening that will notify visitors over the age of 6 if an elevated temperature—above 99.9 degrees—is detected.

The art piece has been installed on the windows of Cos Bar in Market Street below the Cinemark Theatre. (Courtest Market Street)
The Woodlands Arts Council, Market Street team up for new art installation honoring health care workers

The display is meant to recognize health care workers in all area hospitals.

Amazon's new sorting center is now open at 22525 Clay Road, Katy. The 800,000-square-foot building opened Oct. 9. (Courtesy Amazon.com Inc.)
Amazon center in Katy to bring 3K jobs and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

An election official directs a car to a spot at the Humble Civic Center's drive-thru voting location. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Drive-thru voting locations in Harris County see greater numbers than in-person, despite challenges

More than 42,000 residents in Harris County have used the drive-thru centers so far in early voting.

The outlet mall is located in Cypress. (Courtesy Houston Premium Outlets)
Outlet mall in Cy-Fair opens 3 new stores and more top Houston-area news

Read the most popular news form the past week from our Houston coverage area.