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Recommendations of the Attendance and
Boundary Committee

Presented to the LCISD Board of Directors

March 24, 2009

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Agenda


Introduction


Committee Members


Zoning process


Summary Recommendation



Issues Considered and Alternatives Considered


Public Comments


Detailed Recommendations






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Committee Members

First

Last



First

Last



First

Last

Glen

Nohavitza



Jennifer

Hirsch



Debra

Helbert

Bud

Whileyman



Joseph

Page



Melissa

Aguilar

Wayne

Stone



Cindy

Saha



Tonya

Carter
-
Clary

Dawn

Rodriguez



Danette

Fennesy



Melody

Holmes

Katy

Czaikowski



Cathy

Willis



Beth

Peloquin

Renee

Patterson



Rachel

Todd



Daryl

Segura

Michael

Garcia



Vickie

Schodek



Alba

Dane

Cheryl

Wehring



Thomas

Sanchez



Maria

Rochez
-
Calderon

Judy

Roberts



Elizabeth

Mercado



Dwayne

Grigar

Synthia

Cantu



Christina

Davis



Sylvia

Gonzalez

De De

Alter



Darryl

Rock



Rosa

Cavazos

Tracy

Pruitt



Maha

Saeed



Natalie

Crumps

Kassia

Reid



Shari

Baldridge
-
Foster



Margarita

Medina

Marcia

Buck



Jana

Kolb



Shanetta

Malone

Cassandra

Blackburn



Amy

Orsak



Mary

Fernandez

Steven

Beers



Christa

Ross



Ruby

Reyna

Stephen

Metoyer



Derek

Einkauf



Tracy

Phillips

Rose

Lopez



Tura

Wright



Amber

Smith

Jane

Veazey



Terry

Hydo



Deanna

Ulrich
-
Hope

ShaDonna

Johnson



Tammy

Armstrong



Connie

Maier

Mike

Palmer



Diana

Martinez







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THE LCISD ZONING PROCESS Revised and Approved by the Board
9/23/04

FACT:
Lamar CISD is among the fastest growing school districts in the state. A large number of residential
developments are under construction or in the planning stages throughout the LCISD community. The district
must continue providing all students with a quality education.



BACKGROUND:
In a growing school system, it is inevitable that the

district’s attendance zones will be changed periodically. As new

schools open and population shifts occur, attendance zones will

be adjusted. Each campus in the district is unique and offers

many enrichment opportunities for students. Our goal is to ensure

that all campuses, regardless of location, provide quality programs.


.

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ZONING OBJECTIVES/CRITERIA

The district’s Framework for Facilities Planning established a need for objectives and

criteria to be used to guide zoning decisions. The following 12 objectives should be used

when developing new attendance zones. All of the 12 objectives should be given

equal weight when making boundary decisions.


1.
To draw attendance zones in a way that supports an efficient/effective use of school facilities.

2.
To reduce overcrowding of campuses.

3.
To plan for future growth.

4.
To keep neighborhoods and feeder schools tracking together, as much as possible.

5.
To minimize rezoning neighborhoods which have been affected in previous rezoning efforts.

6.
To draw secondary zones which reflect the diversity of the district, as much as possible.

7.
To consider elementary students’ proximity to a campus, being mindful of traffic patterns that allow for
the safest routes available.

8.
To involve the community in defining the objectives/criteria for rezoning.

9.
To develop a fair and objective rezoning process.

10.
To always keep in mind doing what is in the best interest of students.

11.
To communicate zoning information effectively to all students and families that may be impacted.

12.
To consider fiscal impact of changes.


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Membership of the ABC will consist of


two representatives from each elementary and middle school campus


three representatives from each junior high and high school campus.


The campus administrator will select campus representatives with the entire
committee approved by the Board. Appropriate central administrators will
serve as resources as needed. District information and the Board’s charge
for rezoning considerations will be presented to the entire committee. Only
representatives from campuses affected by rezoning and their feeder
schools will be involved in making the rezoning recommendations to be
presented to the Board. Current Board members cannot serve on the
Attendance Boundary Committee.

ATTENDANCE BOUNDARY COMMITTEE MAKE
-
UP

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The zoning process

Step 1:

The administrative team will present all options to be considered for rezoning. The
Board will
charge the administration with rezoning priorities
to be considered by the ABC and
approve
the ABC membership roster

for that year.

Step 2:

Involve parents and community members in the process through the district Attendance Boundary
Committee (ABC
). The ABC will review the supporting data and options
presented by the
administration and work to propose possible zoning recommendations for Board consideration and
approval.

Step 3:

The plan(s) will be shown at a
Community Forum(s) for parent input
.

Step 4:

Based on parent input from the Community Forum(s), the
ABC will make any needed
modifications to its recommendations
. Modified ABC recommendations can be presented orally
or in a written format to the Board.

Step 5:

Additional Community Forum if needed
to allow for parent comments on any ABC changes to
the original recommendation.

Step 6
:

ABC will
submit final recommendation to the Board Zoning Committee
for input.

Step 7:

Zoning plan(s)
submitted for Board approval.

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Master Plan Principles
Adopted by the Board May 15, 2003


To maximize enrollment at all campuses:


Elementary schools
-

750 maximum


Middle schools (6)


750 maximum


Junior high schools (7
-
8)


1400 maximum


High schools


2000 maximum



To embrace the neighborhood school concept for all elementary students who reside in LCISD.




To house grades PK
-
5 in all elementary school to insure parents and students that they can enjoy
six years of attending school on the same campus.




To reflect the ethnic balance of the school district in grades 6


12.




To locate schools with grades 6


12 in the same general area.




To minimize the alteration of high school zones.




To provide adequate space for school/community
-
based education programs.


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Current Arial View of Area

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Primary Issues Considered


Overcrowding of existing schools


Campbell in particular


Population growth per the District demographer


Recalibrate all schools to optimal levels, utilizing district resources more effectively


Dividing neighborhoods as little as possible


Greatwood must be divided into more than one school, but rest of neighborhoods under
consideration can remain intact


Action now will impact many students


make it count and don’t prolong the pain


Minimizing future rezoning when new schools are introduced


Populations in the Williams
-
Thomas area projected to grow while the Campbell/
Dickinson/Velasquez zone expected to remain relatively stagnant


Other important criteria


Minimizing distance traveled and traffic issues


Considering desires of parents/students if able

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Alternatives Considered


In conjunction with District officials, Demographer produced four initial
options with populations and growth projections included


Option 2: Greatwood Verdant Valley/Treeline to Campbell; Summer Lakes,
Bridlewood, Canyon Gate zoned to Williams


Option 3: Greatwood Verdant Valley/Treeline to Dickinson; Bridlewood to
Thomas, Canyon Gate to Williams


Option 4: Greatwood Verdant Valley/Treeline/Stone Arbor/Hillsboro to
Campbell; Summer Lakes, Bridlewood, Canyon Gate zoned to Williams


Note: All options move Brazos Lakes and Royal Lakes from Williams to Velasquez



Committee requested several more iterations (Options 5, 6 and 7)
looking at some of the following scenarios:

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Alternatives Considered


Options 5
-
7 (see backup for detailed maps)


Canyon Gate zoned to Velasquez instead of Williams


Increase of 400 students puts Velasquez much higher than capacity, even with moving
Pre
-
K to Williams


Transportation issues out of Canyon Gate persist


similar distances


Sending Royal Lakes and Brazos Lakes (subdivisions in the George
Ranch zone) to Williams rather than Velasquez


Would need to move these students at a later date to make room at Williams/Thomas


Transportation costs to Williams higher than to Velasquez


Summer Lakes zoned to Williams


762 traffic patterns make Thomas a safer and less
-
congestion prone alternative fro
Summer Lakes residents (they would be required to cross RR and 762 at a lightless
intersection



Canyon Gate Options 8 and 9





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Public Comments

General Area of Public
Comments

Public Comments

ABC Discussion / Review

Distance


Distance from Canyon Gate to Williams
vs. Dickinson


Greatwood

Shores to Campbell vs.
Dickinson

All three elementary schools are within 4 miles of each other.
Canyon Gate to Williams is approximately 2.5 miles. The current
commute from Canyon Gate to Dickinson is about half a mile.
Current
Greatwood

Shores commute to Campbell is approximately
six tenths of a mile. By car, Dickinson is about 1 mile further. Via
bike/walk trails the Shores is 1.2 miles from Dickinson. The
longest distance to be travelled as a result of the rezoning is 2.5
miles from the exit of Canyon Gate. This does not seem
unreasonable. Efforts to keep Canyon Gate in one school
overweighed any concern regarding distance.

Quality of Facilities


Concern related to lack of security
cameras at Williams


Concern related to the age and condition
of the physical Williams facility


Lack of Secure Vestibule at Williams

LCISD officials confirmed that Williams has security cameras and
will get the secure vestibule over the summer. The ABC could see
no evidence of sub optimal facilities at Williams. Nor was the
building or its grounds in any disrepair.

Quality of Computers

Statements were made regarding the age
of Williams computers

LCISD officials confirmed that Williams’ computers are among the
districts newest.

Quality of Education /
Administration / Staff

Statements were made regarding the
quality Williams Staff.

No grounds could be indentified to support comments made.

Property Values

Statements were made that zoning to
Williams would cause a devaluation of
property in Canyon Gate

While difficult to understand how being zoned to an exemplary
school would negatively impact property values, the ABC did not
speculate regarding property value impact during the process.

Segregation

Several Canyon Gate residents stated
directly or indirectly that the Canyon Gate
rezoning to Williams was motivated by
race or social economic factors.

The ABC had no access to any data regarding the race or any
other social economic factors. This was not a consideration in our
recommendations.

Process

Comments were made regarding the
publicity of zoning process.

The ABC did comment that more detail could have been
presented by the ABC at the start of the public comments meeting.

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Public Comments

Public Comments

Public Comments

ABC Discussion / Review

Canyon Gate Residents
presented two new zoning
options for consideration.

Canyon Gate Option A called for the creation of a 5
th

grade only campus.

This would call for a change to district policy and was
not considered by the ABC.

Canyon Gate Option B called for students moved
from Campbell to be place partially at Dickinson and
partially at Velasquez.


An option like this had be reviewed by the ABC. It was
dropped from consideration due to fact it would have left
Velasquez, Campbell and Dickinson with some level of
overcrowding. Since
Greatwood

is reaching the end of
growth and new construction, rezoning with any
overcrowding would cause additional zoning issues
down the road and/or long term overcrowding issues at
the three schools. Canyon Gate option B was dropped
from consideration.

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Recommendation Made in Detail


Resolves overcrowding at
Campbell


Balances the schools


Prepares for long term
growth while limiting the
amount of future
movement in mature
neighborhoods


Students that are
impacted are moving with
large populations …. Thus
moving with a community
rather than small groups


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ABC Recommendations in Detail

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Appendix

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