Magnolia ISD officials presented the proposed elementary attendance zone boundaries to the board of trustees Nov. 13 during a regular board meeting. The boundary realignment discussion has been ongoing this fall as the district prepares for Audubon Elementary to open in August.

The overview

Director of Communications Denise Meyers and Ben King, executive director of secondary student services, shared the process behind outlining the new boundaries.

Meyers said the process started in September by sending out letters to parents. Communication over the past three months included:
  • Launching two ThoughtExchanges, a platform used to engage parents and communities with surveys and data
  • Creating a dedicated website for the 2024-25 attendance zone boundary process
  • PTO listening sessions
Some context

After gathering community feedback, Meyers and King said the district looked at enrollment and growth at the elementary campuses to gauge what schools are most in need based on capacity.

"We've got to rezone and propose new boundaries so we have students going into Audubon next year," King said. "That way, we relieve some of those campuses that are approaching capacity and relieve some of the campuses that are going to experience a great deal of growth in the coming years."

King said some of those schools approaching capacity in the next few years include Magnolia Parkway, Williams and Smith elementary schools. The current enrollment numbers for the 2023-24 fall semester for those three campuses are:
  • Williams at 867
  • Smith at 768
  • Magnolia Parkway at 856
The capacity for all elementary campuses in MISD is 900.
The current elementary attendance zones. (Courtesy Magnolia ISD)

What's next

No action was taken at the November meeting. With no suggestions from the board to change any of the proposed boundaries, the attendance zones will be brought back for approval Dec. 11.
  • New boundaries will go into effect for the 2024-25 school year.
  • However, students who will be in fourth grade during the 2024-25 school year may opt to remain at their current campus through MISD's transfer process.
  • The district will send out direct communication to elementary school parents affected by the new boundaries.
The new proposed elementary attendance zones for the 2024-25 school year. (Courtesy Magnolia ISD)

Also on the agenda

MISD's Nov. 13 agenda also included items related to Bond 2022 projects. The board approved:
  • Stewart Builders to serve as construction manager at risk for three projects at Magnolia High School, including the new Career and Technical Education Building, new Junior ROTC building and Agricultural Barn renovations
  • Using B&C Constructors as construction manager at risk for the CTE addition at Magnolia West High School