RRISD Board approves middle school boundaries

bondbanners-02The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees approved the middle school boundaries, effective at the start of the the 2017-2018 school year, at its Nov. 17 regular meeting.

The Board approved an amended plan, updated from the Oct. 20 proposal presented at the Board meeting by RRISD staff. After community and Board input, the updated plan will ensure Cedar Valley and Chisholm Trail middle schools will be under capacity. Pearson Ranch Middle School will not be subject to overcrowding within the forecasted 10 year period.

“The updated boundaries provide an opportunity for all middle school students to learn in innovative and engaging environments across the District,” Board President Paul J. Tisch said. “While changes can be difficult, I am confident in our community to put students first and embrace the transition so all students can thrive in Round Rock ISD.”

Round Rock ISD began the boundary process at the September 15 regular Board meeting by analyzing a third-party demographer report focused on the middle school boundary areas. Boundary proposals were structured under the six guiding principles set out by the District’s local policy: safety of students, vertical alignment, demographic balance, hazardous routes, enrollment capacity and proximity.

“The approval of middle school boundaries brings our District one step closer to opening another world class campus,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores said. “I commend our Board of Trustees for fielding community input and diligently researching boundary proposals to ensure our student’s safety and education comes first.”

Public input on boundary proposals was collected online from Sept. 16 to Oct. 13 and in person at public hearings on Sept. 21, Sept. 28 and Sept. 29.

The approved boundaries will continue to send all students from Fern Bluff Elementary School to Chisholm Trail Middle School and all students from Old Town Elementary School to Walsh Middle School.

The Northwoods at Avery Ranch subdivision and apartment complexes around Parmer Lane East of U.S. 183 will attend Pearson Ranch Middle School. Forest North Elementary School will also feed into Pearson Ranch.

A majority of Joe Lee Johnson Elementary STEAM Academy and all Wells Branch Elementary Arts Integration Academy (AIA) students will attend Deerpark Middle School. A portion of students who reside north of Grand Avenue Parkway will attend Chisholm Trail Middle School.

The Highland Horizons subdivision will stay at Cedar Valley Middle School. To better accommodate for growth at Pearson Ranch and allow for better demographic balance, the Ranch at Brushy Creek subdivision will be zoned for Cedar Valley.

There are no changes to current elementary or high school changes as part of this proposal. Families will continue to attend the schools they are currently assigned to for elementary and high school.

View the middle school boundary presentation at the Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees website.