VISD to seek public input on attendance zone changes

Feb. 9, 2012 at 4:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:09 p.m.

Members of the community with questions regarding proposed changes in the Victoria school district's attendance zones are invited to a public meeting on Monday.

The attendance zone changes are based on the need to ensure appropriate utilization of space on campuses throughout the Victoria school district.

"We plan to review attendance zones every two years to make certain our campuses are being utilized appropriately," said Superintendent Bob Moore. "The population of Victoria shifts periodically, and if we stay on top of the changes, we won't be in a position of having to make very large changes that redraw the entire district."

Moore emphasized there are no plans to change the line that marks the east and west learning communities. The same line defines the attendance zones for Victoria East and Victoria West high schools.

"The learning communities remaining largely balanced in total student enrollment and the percentages of students who are considered economically disadvantaged," he explained. "The changes proposed center on elementary attendance zones with some impact on middle school zones because of feeder patterns."

The public meeting will allow parents and other interested community members to look at maps of the proposed lines and ask questions.

The proposed attendance zone changes have an impact on six elementary schools. Those changes include:

Moving the Tangerine and Deer Chase subdivisions from the Smith Magnet School attendance zone to the De Leon Elementary attendance zone.

Moving the Tanglewood subdivision from the Torres Elementary attendance zone to the Smith Magnet School zone.

Moving the neighborhood in the area bounded by Ben Wilson to Sam Houston from the Smith Magnet School zone to Torres.

Moving students living on both sides of Lova Drive and along Coffey Street from the O'Connor Magnet School zone to Torres Elementary School.

Moving an area near Ben Jordan Street from Walnut south to Airline from the Shields Magnet School zone to the Crain Elementary Zone.

Moving an area to the west of Navarro between Airline and Red River from the Shields Magnet School zone to Crain Elementary.

Because of the changes in elementary zones, some areas will move to different middle schools. Changes include:

Tangerine and Deer Chase subdivisions who would have attended Stroman Middle School, would attend Howell Middle School under the proposal.

The area west of Navarro between Red River and Airline, whose students would have attended Cade Middle School, would attend Patti Welder Middle School.

The area near Ben Jordan between Walnut and Airline, whose students would have attended Cade Middle School, would attend Patti Welder Middle School under the proposal.

Additionally, the William Wood Elementary School attendance zone would move from the Stroman Middle School zone to the Howell Middle School zone.

Students who are currently in the fourth grade moving into the fifth grade or who are in the seventh grade moving into the eighth grade will be eligible to stay at their current campus if the parents wish. The "grandfathering" only applies to the students in their final year of attendance at a re-zoned school. Siblings are not automatically covered under the grandfathering provisions.

District administration will ask the board of trustees to consider approval of the rezoning plan during a special meeting on Feb. 23.



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