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CISD to Contact Families That Would be Affected in Attendance Rezoning

Feb 09, 2016 10:40PM ● Published by Kevin

Image courtesy of Carroll ISD.

Carroll ISD announced last week that families in the CES neighborhoods affected by a potential rezoning will soon be contacted.

"One issue still on the table for consideration is an attendance zone change for a small number of families at Carroll Elementary School. For years, Carroll ISD has heard from citizens who want the School Board and Administration to fix the split attendance zone for Carroll Elementary School. Historically, all those students in the CES zone who live north of FM 1709/Southlake Blvd. have split away from their friends to attend 5th and 6th grades at Durham Intermediate in the north feeder system," the district noted in a release that appeared on MySouthlakeNews.com.

The remaining students, the statement continues, have been zoned to Eubanks Intermediate in the south feeder system.

For the first time, CISD Trustees have the opportunity to change the CES zone. This, according to the report, would ensure that all CES students get to attend Eubanks Intermediate together. Those who wish to attend DIS could do so on an inter-district transfer request.

The announcement comes as a result of an ongoing study, which looked at 
student enrollment projections, ongoing residential construction and demographic trends in an effort to identify short- and long-term solutions to managing student growth.

If the CISD Board votes to change the CES zone to the south feeder system, the article said, students who live in those neighborhoods north of FM 1709/Southlake Blvd, but are already attending 5-7 grades at Durham Intermediate and Carroll Middle School, would lose their bus transportation service.

These students could continue to attend DIS/CMS, just without bus service. This choice effectively grandfathers these students in. 

"We plan to send a formal letter to all the homeowners that could be affected by such a decision," the release said. "We will also be surveying parents of CES students who live in those neighborhoods to see how they feel about such a change."

The release continues:

"The vote could happen for 2016-2017 or it could be delayed until a future date, depending on the recommendations of the Capital Needs Planning Committee. This group of citizens and employees continues to study options for providing additional classroom space, including a permanent location for the district’s preschool program, possible building expansions and maybe even a sixth elementary if land and operational budget dollars are available."

According to the district's website dedicated to the proposed rezoning, CISD has three campuses serving the southern elementary zones (Carroll Elementary, Rockenbaugh Elementary and Old Union Elementary). There are two campuses serving the northern elementary zones (Walnut Grove Elementary and Johnson Elementary).

"Most of our growth is now occurring in the northern zones," the site says. "Both Walnut Grove and Johnson are nearing their functional capacity in the north. Carroll Elementary is reaching functional capacity in the south as well."

The last rezoning process occurred in 2011 just prior to the opening of Walnut Grove. The district cites limited funding and debt capacity for the need to rezone just 5 years later.

"Much in the same way that you cannot always completely renovate your entire house, CISD manages growth by building facilities as they are needed," the site says. "The last thing a district wants to do is overbuild and have facilities sit unused until the growth occurs."

An alternative short-term solution could be portable buildings, which costs about $80,000 per classroom portable building, with resale being lower than the purchase price. Additional short-term solutions include: 
  • Review & reallocate current classroom usage
  • Relocate programs to vacant classrooms or campuses
  • Add portable buildings at campuses over capacity
  • Restrict Transfers/Open Enrollment Policy
  • Implement Temporary Rezoning
Additional long-term solutions include:
  • Build/Open new school buildings
  • Construct classroom additions at campuses over capacity
  • Restructure which grade levels attend each campus
  • Reconstitute existing land and building space
  • Rezone

While district officials work out the details, questions or comments may be submitted to this email address: 
rezoning.input@southlakecarroll.edu
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