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VISD board to look at changing elementary attendance zones

By KBell
Jan. 17, 2012 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 17, 2012 at 7:18 p.m.


IF YOU GO

WHAT: VISD school board regular meetingWHERE: Board room, 102 Profit DriveWHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday

The Victoria school board will review a new elementary school attendance zone map at its regular meeting Thursday.

The map, which the school district tweaks about every two years, will not require students to switch east or west learning communities.

"The plan is designed to maintain a feeder pattern where the entire enrollment of one elementary school moves up to one middle school, and that the middle school moves up to the high school. That will be maintained," said Diane Boyett, district communications specialist.

Torres, O'Connor, Smith, DeLeon, Crain and Shields elementary schools are expected to be impacted by the map. Much of this year's enrollment growth came from the closing of the Outreach Word Academy charter school, which served elementary students.

Boyett said both the east and west attendance zones experienced growth this year, and the socioeconomic status of both sides remains balanced.

"We have the capacity to accommodate that growth, but sometimes that growth doesn't occur exactly where the attendance zones are," she said.

The school board will review the administration's suggested attendance map and vote on whether to accept the map at its February meeting.

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