As you may have heard in recent news, attendance zones for HAYS CISD will be going through some changes as the district gets ready to open its 14th elementary school for the 2018-2019 school year. This always seems to stir up emotions and anxiety in home owners (and future buyers as well), because of the unknowns and being at the mercy of a Board of Trustees in this decision making process.
The Board of Trustees has appointed a committee to study the best options for attendance zone changes. This goal of this post is to provide you with a summary of how the rezoning process works, and what considerations are taken when making these decisions that heavily impact families.
If you want more detailed information, such as the current attendance zone maps and the proposed attendance maps for 2018-2019, please refer to the HAYS CISD website at https://www.hayscisd.net/rezone.
Attendance zones are established by the Board of Trustees with input from parents, the community, and an attendance zone committee. Here are some of the reasons attendance zones are established:
- To maintain the neighborhood school concept and to prevent, reduce, and eliminate overcrowding.
- To allow for future growth (because this is imminent) and to keep distances traveled by students as short as possible.
- To minimize the need for student transportation and to allow campuses to safely house students and provide adequate services to all.
The goal is to keep school attendance areas as stable as possible. Unfortunately, adjustments or changes are difficult to avoid in our rapidly growing district.
Here are some principles considered when making changes to the attendance zones:
- Work toward common feeder patterns throughout the District.
- Attempt to assign entire neighborhoods to the same school(s).
- Consider students’ proximity to campuses and promote safe and reasonable walking zones to encourage healthier students.
- Utilize projected student enrollment and capacity as a measure of determining the best use of each facility.
The final decision regarding changes to the attendance zone maps rests with the Board of Trustees. To facilitate parent and community input, the Board appoints a committee to study the best options for these changes. The committee begins with at least two draft options and then solicits feedback and ideas.
The new attendance zone map could be selected as early as December 2017. Families who live in an elementary attendance zone with changes will now have a new home school campus.
Here are a few upcoming ways you can get involved. These are public forums you can attend to educate yourself more about these changes.
Public Forum #1
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:00 p.m. /Tobias Elementary
Public Forum #2
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
6:00 p.m. /Hemphill Elementary
We hope the information provided gives you a little more insight on how this process works, and that the Board of Trustees and the committee it appoints has the best interest in mind for those that will be facing zoning changes. As HAYS CISD continues to grow, there are going to be growing pains and changes that are just necessary to prevent overpopulation.
If you are in one of the areas that is facing a rezone, and you are considering moving, we would be more than happy to speak with you regarding your questions and concerns. We are here to help!