BISD Board to Consider New Attendance Zones

BISD Board to Consider New Attendance Zones
Posted on 03/10/2017

Boerne ISD Board of Trustees will consider multiple scenarios when it meets March 27 to take up the issue of attendance zone realignment.

Redrawing of attendance zone boundaries comes as the district prepares to open three new schools over the next three years to address growing student enrollment. The board, having met in a specially called workshop March 6 to review recommendations of an internal zone realignment committee, next will act on seven motions containing the options for new attendance zones.

Board members will be tasked with reviewing two options that establish attendance zone boundaries for Van Raub Elementary, scheduled to open August 2018 on Dietz Elkhorn Road, and two options for Herff Elementary, which will open August 2019 on Esperanza Boulevard.

In establishing the Van Raub Elementary zone, options include the original committee recommendation that was presented to the board January 23 and has been posted on the district's website since. An optional scenario developed in response to board concerns about maintaining consistent enrollment levels at Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary, includes reassigning the neighborhoods of Stone Creek Ranch and The Homestead, both off of Ammann Road, into the Fair Oaks Ranch zone from their current alignment in the Cibolo Creek Elementary zone.

Regarding the Herff Elementary zone, the original committee recommendation draws students from both the current Cibolo Creek and Curington Elementary zones and establishes Farm Road 474 as a hard boundary for the western edge of the Herff zone.

Additional information:
www.boerne-isd.net/zoneupdates

In response to community feedback and board requests, the committee developed an optional scenario that would keep the neighborhoods of River Mountain Ranch and Kreutzberg Road in the Curington zone while Friendly Hills, Spring Creek Road, Deer Creek and Bentwood would align in the Herff zone. Further, a roughly 18-block area in the central city bounded by Rosewood Street on the north, Esser Road on the east, River Road on the south and Main Street on the west would be rezoned from the Curington zone into the Herff zone.

The board also will be asked to approve the committee's recommendation on middle school zones, as initially proposed January 23. Other items the board will consider include exempting or "grandfathering" of fifth graders involved in the elementary zone realignments, whether or not to include siblings in those grandfathering situations, and whether or not to extend school choice at the high school level for another two-year period. The committee also has recommended that Voss Middle School open in 2019 with only sixth and seventh grades, allowing that year's eighth graders to finish middle school at their current campus.

All options, including the new realignment scenarios for the elementary zones, are posted on the district website: www.boerne-isd.net/zoneupdates. There is a link on the page that allows readers to submit a question or comment about the realignment proposals.

In May 2016, voters approved a $175 million bond to fund construction of the three new schools, purchase land and address other needs in the district. Student enrollment in the district was projected at the time of the bond to increase 4 to 5 percent annually for at least 10 years. Enrollment at the close of the 2015-16 school year was just over 7,900. On March 9, 2017, reported enrollment was 8,350.

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