Recommendations of the Attendance and
Presented to the LCISD Board of Directors
March 24, 2009
Issues Considered and Alternatives Considered
THE LCISD ZONING PROCESS Revised and Approved by the Board
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.
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.
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.
To draw attendance zones in a way that supports an efficient/effective use of school facilities.
To reduce overcrowding of campuses.
To plan for future growth.
To keep neighborhoods and feeder schools tracking together, as much as possible.
To minimize rezoning neighborhoods which have been affected in previous rezoning efforts.
To draw secondary zones which reflect the diversity of the district, as much as possible.
To consider elementary students’ proximity to a campus, being mindful of traffic patterns that allow for
the safest routes available.
To involve the community in defining the objectives/criteria for rezoning.
To develop a fair and objective rezoning process.
To always keep in mind doing what is in the best interest of students.
To communicate zoning information effectively to all students and families that may be impacted.
To consider fiscal impact of changes.
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
The zoning process
The administrative team will present all options to be considered for rezoning. The
charge the administration with rezoning priorities
to be considered by the ABC and
the ABC membership roster
for that year.
Involve parents and community members in the process through the district Attendance Boundary
). The ABC will review the supporting data and options
presented by the
administration and work to propose possible zoning recommendations for Board consideration and
The plan(s) will be shown at a
Community Forum(s) for parent input
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.
Additional Community Forum if needed
to allow for parent comments on any ABC changes to
the original recommendation.
submit final recommendation to the Board Zoning Committee
submitted for Board approval.
Master Plan Principles
Adopted by the Board May 15, 2003
To maximize enrollment at all campuses:
Middle schools (6)
Junior high schools (7
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
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.
Current Arial View of Area
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
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:
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
K to Williams
Transportation issues out of Canyon Gate persist
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
Canyon Gate Options 8 and 9
General Area of Public
ABC Discussion / Review
Distance from Canyon Gate to Williams
Shores to Campbell vs.
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.
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
Quality of Education /
Administration / Staff
Statements were made regarding the
quality Williams Staff.
No grounds could be indentified to support comments made.
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.
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
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.
ABC Discussion / Review
Canyon Gate Residents
presented two new zoning
options for consideration.
Canyon Gate Option A called for the creation of a 5
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
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
Recommendation Made in Detail
Resolves overcrowding at
Balances the schools
Prepares for long term
growth while limiting the
amount of future
movement in mature
Students that are
impacted are moving with
large populations …. Thus
moving with a community
rather than small groups
ABC Recommendations in Detail