LISD considering another attendance zone option


Another attendance rezoning option cleared a milestone at the April 4 Leander ISD board meeting, with Scenario D being approved for presentation at a pair of community meetings this week. 

Scenario D is described in district documents as placing a priority on keeping student groups together from middle to high school, while keeping larger groups of fifth-grade students together as they transition from elementary to middle school. 

In Scenario D, all students in the Rutledge Elementary attendance boundary would be moved from Stiles to Henry middle schools. As a result, Henry Middle School would be expected to expand to 1,500 students, but the plan would keep more students together from elementary to middle and middle to high schools.

“Acting on community priorities continues to be our focus during this process,” Trustee Gloria Gonzales-Dholakia said. “Scenario D addresses many of the topics we’ve been urged to consider, and I look forward to hearing more from our stakeholders at the community forums next week.”

The current rezoning work is in preparation for the opening of Danielson Middle School, in the north of the district, currently scheduled for 2020. A final decision on which zoning scenario will be adopted is expected in May.

Scenario A, presented earlier this year, would provide relief for Stiles and Leander middle schools, eliminate small cohorts in middle school to high school feeder patterns of Running Brushy Middle School to Cedar Park High School and Henry Middle School to Cedar Park High School, move Wiley Middle School students zoned to Glenn High School to Danielson Middle School, raise the Cedar Park Middle School enrollment to 1,500 students and would make no changes to the attendance zones of Canyon Ridge and Four Points middle schools.

Scenario B, presented last month, would see students living in Avery Ranch neighborhoods west of Parmer Lane moved from Stiles Middle School to Henry Middle School. North Buttercup Creek students would go to Cedar Park Middle School instead of Henry Middle School and would go to Cedar Park High School instead of Vista Ridge High School. Scenario B would also eliminate a projected overcrowding issue at Cedar Park Middle School noted in Scenario A. Cedar Park High School would see decreased enrollment and Leander High School would see increased enrollment. 

Feedback from community meetings on Scenario D, held April 8 and April 10, along with feedback gathered through the district’s online ‘Let’s Talk’ portal, will be presented to the board during its April 18 meeting.