August 16, 2022

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MFISD forms committee to review elementary school attendance zones

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All through a Marble Falls Unbiased College District board meeting March 21, Assistant Superintendent Jeff Gasaway briefed faculty board customers on a local community committee becoming designed to evaluate current elementary college attendance zone boundaries set in just the district. YouTube Dwell screenshot

The Marble Falls Impartial School District administration is developing a group committee to evaluate the district’s latest elementary university attendance zones and ascertain regardless of whether boundary changes are vital. Particulars of the approach ended up mentioned through the Board of Trustees conference Monday, March 21. 

“The objective of the system is that we could convene a committee of mothers and fathers, personnel, and neighborhood users to evaluate and offer suggestions and any achievable modifications to elementary attendance zones,” discussed Assistant Superintendent Jeff Gasaway at the assembly. “Our guiding rules would be to stability elementary enrollments throughout MFISD as a great deal as feasible, to maintain neighborhoods and subdivisions intact, to leverage natural boundaries as much as possible, and then develop district policy on grandfathering options.”

Presently, the district has four elementary educational institutions: Colt, Highland Lakes, Marble Falls, and Spicewood. The campus a scholar attends is decided by the university attendance zone in which they stay.  

A evaluation of the district’s attendance zones is overdue as it has not took place for much more than a ten years, Gasaway claimed. He also pointed out that important boundary changes have taken spot only 2 times more than the previous 20 many years, the initial in 2004 for the opening of Spicewood Elementary and the other in 2009 when Colt Elementary was relocated to its recent facility. 

At the time formed, the neighborhood committee will be designed up of at least 20 persons, with each individual attendance zone represented by committee members encouraged by district leadership. District employees, these kinds of as campus principals, the district’s director of transportation, Superintendent Chris Allen, and Gasaway, will also participate. 

With the committee’s enable, Allen pointed out through the assembly, administration can consider proactive measures to tackle difficulties such as a strain on employees induced by growing pupil enrollment as a lot more individuals move to the location.

The district expects an inflow of learners inside of the subsequent several years as households transfer into new housing developments, which include learn-planned communities this sort of as Gregg Ranch and Thunder Rock, each of which are located around the intersection of Texas 71 and U.S. 281 just south of Marble Falls. 

“The most effective time to go zones is in advance of the small children and families are impacted, not afterwards,” Allen mentioned. “If you know the developments are coming and you know where they are coming and there are factors you can do to be a very little in advance of that, it is not a lousy idea. Especially when, in the course of action of undertaking that, you harmony the administrative stress across your campuses.”

On top of that, boundary adjustments of this nature can be accomplished to much more evenly unfold out learners among the existing campuses rather of developing a new a person. 

Although the committee will be tasked with conducting a thorough evaluate of faculty boundaries, the district is approaching the procedure with an open intellect on whether adjustment suggestions to the faculty board will be essential.

“There is not a approved consequence (for the committee), and there are lots of acceptable results,” Gasaway reported. 

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