The district welcomes community input when planning new zones and wants the community to be informed every step of the way. In the fall prior to the year a new campus opens, a committee of parents, community members, teachers, principals, central office and administrative staff is formed and meets on multiple occasions. These meetings are always open to the public.
Creating New Attendance Zones
The process for creating new attendance zones is driven by data related to new home construction, campus growth, and other trends. We then use this data to develop multiple scenarios for committee consideration. The committee typically has additional ideas for scenarios that are then created and studied at subsequent meetings.
Online Comments and Zoning Forum
At the December Board meeting, district administration presents a report on the zoning process and shows the draft proposal to the Board of Trustees. The draft zoning proposal is then posted online for public review and comment. Additionally, a zoning forum is held in January for parents to meet with district administrators regarding the draft zoning proposal, ask questions and make comments regarding the plan.
After reviewing the online dialogue, all community input is reviewed and administration may revise the draft proposal as best fits district needs. This final preferred zoning plan is then recommended for approval at the February Board meeting.
Other Zoning Scenarios
Occasionally there is a need to rezone during a year when there is not a campus opening. This could occur when one or more campuses are overcapacity and others nearby are under capacity. The zoning process would be similar to when a new campus opens. High school rezoning follows the same process, but may occur on a different timeline to give families more advanced notice due to University Interscholastic League (UIL) regulations, extracurricular activities and other matters involved.