ROUND ROCK (KXAN) — A battle is brewing between parents and the Round Rock Independent School District.
It is over a proposed plan to rezone hundreds of students to a different neighborhood school next year. The district’s plan focuses on moving a handful of students from Blackland Prairie and Forest Creek Elementaries to PFC Robert P. Hernandez Middle School.
Currently, the families are slated to attend Ridgeview Middle, a school that is overcrowded. As of this year, Ridgeview had an enrollment of 1,275 students — the most out of all the middle schools Parents say they heard about the pending change on Wednesday after many of them bought homes in the Round Rock school district so their kids can attend Ridgeview.
Parents are concerned students will have to make new friends and become acclimated with teachers and staff.
The district says it studied the rezoning issue for months and looked at several factors, including safety of students, feeder patterns, demographics and proximity.
For some parents, the rezoning will add extra miles and time on their commute to and from school. Several neighbors are circulating a petition asking 1,000 supporters against the district’s plan.
“Over a 40-week school year, you’re looking at parents having to drive more than 1,200 miles,” said Parent Dallas Osborn. “That’s not counting extracurricular activities and after school and before school.”
“We understand that a parent’s right and a parent’s school is a huge question and a huge part of their family,” said Round Rock ISD Spokesman Corey Ryan. “So, what we’re trying to do is have a baseline to start and collect the community feedback and create the best plan for kids.”
The public review of its first proposed plan will be open from Sept. 16 through Oct. 13. It will include at least three public hearings at 7:30 p.m. in the following school cafeterias:
- September 21 at Cedar Valley;
- September 28 at Chisholm Trail; and
- September 29 at Walsh.
The board will make their final decision on Nov. 17; if approved, the changes will not begin until next school year.