Leander ISD seeks volunteers to redraw elementary school attendance zones

Leander ISD is seeking community participation this fall when the school district will revisit its elementary school attendance zones for the 2014–15 school year.

The district announced its intention to create an attendance zone advisory committee Aug. 27. The meetings will take place each Monday evening from September through December, during which time volunteers will be asked to review demographic information and existing elementary school attendance zones.

According to LISD staff, the committee will prioritize several factors such as proximity, commute time, feeder patterns and growth when recommending attendance zone changes to the school board, which has final approval. Other priorities include keeping walkers walking, preventing students from having to pass one school to get to another and keeping neighborhoods together.

Applications to volunteer on the committee are accepted online through Sept. 9. The district will use a blind selection process to choose 25 participants.

The most recent LISD attendance zone committee presented new middle school zoning maps to the school board in late 2011, prior to the opening of Stiles Middle School in fall 2012.

Funds for the startup of Reed Elementary School, located in the Red Oaks subdivision in Cedar Park, are included in the 2013–14 budget. However the school board has not formally approved its opening in 2014–15.