Elementary Zoning for 2016-17
Mahaffey Approved Zones
At the February 8, 2016 Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved the zoning plan for Mahaffey Elementary and other elementary zoning changes for the 2016 school year. Please click on the links to the left to see the map and subdivisions affected. Parents with elementary age children living in areas that are rezoned, will receive a letter in the spring. 
Zoning for Mahaffey Elementary in the Willow Lake Village subdivision

Zoning meetings to determine the preferred draft for zones for Mahaffey Elementary School that will open in 2016 in the Willow Lake Village subdivision off Mahaffey Rd. just north of FM 2920 were held in October and November. To view presentations from the meetings that include all options studied, click on the PowerPoint links to the left. A preferred draft will be presented at the December 14 Board meeting and public comments will be taken from December 15 - January 29, 2016.

Elementary Zoning Process
The district welcomes community input when planning new attendance zones and wants the community to be informed every step of the way. This fall two meetings were held to discuss zoning options for Mahaffey Elementary that is opening in the fall of 2016 on Mahaffey Rd. near FM 2920. 

A committee of parents, community members, teachers, principals, central office and administrative staff met on October 19 and November 9. These meetings were open to the public and publicized through various communication methods. See the times and location below.


Zoning Committee   October 19  1—2:30 pm   &   6—7:30 pm   Board Room 
Zoning Committee  November 9   1—2:30 pm   &   6—7:30 pm   Board Room
    
The Board of Trustees will preview a preferred draft at the December Board meeting and will be presented a final proposal for approval consideration at the February Board meeting.

 Board Report        December 14         7 pm         Board Room
 Board Vote  February 8 7 pm   Board Room
   
Why are we rezoning?
  • KISD is opening a new elementary school in the fall of 2015. As a result, the district must rezone in order to balance enrollment. The district always rezones whenever a new school opens.
  • We handle over capacity schools with temporary buildings until such point as the cafeteria and other common spaces will no longer handle the students appropriately.
  • In a high growth school district, it is not uncommon to rezone students as needed being prudent to not rezone any one elementary age student more than twice during their six years in elementary school when possible.
What factors does the district consider when making zoning decisions?
There are many criteria that the district considers when determining attendance zones. Not all criteria are present in each scenario, making the creation of attendance zones more of an art than a science. However, some factors that are considered include but are not limited to the following:

o The location of natural boundaries such as streams
o The location and proximity of major thoroughfares
o The location of other boundaries such as railroad crossings o The capacity of individual campuses
o Projected enrollment at individual campuses
o The location of future schools
o Transportation concerns related to busing or students who walk
o The number of times that an individual student has been rezoned in the past or could be rezoned in the future
o The creation of pure feeder patterns

The district does not draw boundary lines for the purpose of creating particular demographic or socioeconomic attendance zones.

How was the zoning committee chosen?
Each elementary principal asked ten parents and three teachers to serve on the committee. Additionally, the public may also attend the committee meetings.
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