ROUND ROCK, TEXAS - The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees is set to discuss proposed changes to their middle school attendance zones on Thursday, and residents will have a chance to voice their opinion on the proposal.
If the proposal is approved as is, the changes to each of the district’s 10 middle schools will go into effect when Pearson Ranch Middle School opens in August 2017. The boundaries for the Pearson Ranch attendance zone would be comprised of parts of the existing Grisham, Deerpark, Cedar Valley and Walsh Middle School areas. Other boundaries will be redrawn to accommodate the changes. GO HERE to review the proposal.
“We are a very close knit community and to split us up is not a good idea and we don’t understand it--and we would like someone to explain it to us,” said Heather Clark, a resident of The Woods subdivision in Round Rock. Under the current proposal, students in The Woods would move from Walsh Middle School to Chisholm Trail Middle School. The district will lay out its proposal at the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday.
“Tonight is the first part of a process that is going to offer a lot of opportunities for community input as we work towards an October 20th deadline,” said Corey Ryan with Round Rock ISD.
In a letter to concerned parents obtained by KVUE, the RRISD Board of Trustees said the district worked with independent consultant Templeton Demographics to “create a proposal that looks at enrollment growth, capacity, demographics, and hard data in making changes to school assignments with the opening of Pearson Ranch Middle School.” This proposal only recommends adjustments for middle school areas.
Round Rock ISD has seen an increase in student attendance in recent years and the numbers are expected to climb. The district told KVUE in August that 48,000 students are enrolled this year, and they expect to add another 2,000 to 2,300 students in the next five years.
One concern for parents is that they moved to a certain neighborhood so their child would go to a better school in the district. Four Round Rock ISD middle schools are highly ranked by Children at Risk, a nonprofit that is “dedicated to addressing the root causes of poor public policies affecting children.” Their 2016 rankings have Canyon Vista as the third-best middle school in Texas. James Garland Walsh (25), Cedar Valley (60) and Noel Grisham (94) Middle Schools were also in the top 100. GO HERE to view the full 2016 Texas Middle School Rankings from Children at Risk.
Sean Bonnecarrere told KVUE he moved to The Woods so his daughter could attend Walsh. If the proposal is approved, she would attend Chisholm Trail.
“There's path that you can ride to Walsh, Chisholm Trail you would have to drive--the most direct routes takes you on to 35 and 620 which is pretty tricky,” said Bonnecarrere.
After Thursday’s presentation, the proposal will be open to public review. That review will be open to the Sept. 16 to Oct. 13, and three public meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the following school cafeterias:
- Cedar Valley Middle School, Sept. 21;
- Chisholm Trail Middle School, Sept. 28;
- Walsh Middle School, Sept. 29.
Feedback will also be collected online on the district’s website. The feedback form will be available on the page after Thursday’s presentation.
Round Rock ISD said it will incorporate the public’s feedback into the demographer’s proposal. The district will present its recommendation to the Board of Trustees at their regular meeting on Oct. 20. The Board will vote on that recommendation at its regular meeting on Nov. 17.
“The intent of the RRISD’s final recommendation for October 20 will focus on relieving Cedar Valley and Walsh and filling Pearson Ranch with room to grow with its community,” the proposal page states.
Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Round Rock High School Old Lecture Hall, located at 300 Lake Creek Drive in Round Rock. GO HERE to view the meeting’s agenda.
GO HERE to view the proposed changes to Round Rock ISD's middle schools and the neighborhoods impacted. The below image will slide left to right with a cursor or finger.
GO HERE to view the proposed changes from Round Rock ISD:
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