ROUND ROCK - Dozens of parents attended a public meeting Wednesday night to voice their concerns over Round Rock ISD's middle school rezoning proposal.
Before the public comment portion of the meeting began, school leaders told parents they established the boundaries after hiring experts who looked at factors like proximity, safety, demographic balance, and hazardous routes. School leaders stressed they are still working on the proposal and want to hear from parents.
The district originally looked at changing up to 10 areas in the district, but determined it would not consider changes to Canyon Vista, C.D. Fulkes, Grisham, Hernandez, Hopewell, and Ridgeview middle schools. Instead, the focus will be on overcrowding at Cedar Valley and Walsh which could impact Chisolm Trail.
The district also said it is considering changes to Deerpark Middle School to "align the Joe Lee Johnson STEAM and Wells Branch Arts Integration Academies."
Parents voiced several concerns such as taking their kids away from their friends, traffic issues, longer commutes and demographic imbalance.
Some say the rezoning would put their child in a school that has lower education standards.
"It seems like they're putting all of one set of students at one school and all of another set of students at another school, "parent Heather Clark said.
"They are making Walsh much less demographically balanced and Chisholm Trail as well," said Shannon Horner, another parent.
If the district doesn't go through with the rezoning, school leaders predict overcrowding will rise to 120 percent at Cedar Valley and 150 percent at Walsh in 2017.
School leaders need to submit the final proposal by the end of October. Before then there will be two more public meetings for parents.
Those meetings will be held on September 28 at Chisholm Trail and September 29 at Walsh. Both meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeterias of the respective schools.
The District will present its administrative recommendation at the regular October 20th meeting and the Board will vote on the recommendation as part of its November 17th meeting.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story had the original map and presentation that looked at changes in up to 10 areas, however, as stated above, the district has narrowed it's change to possibly impacting the above listed schools.
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