PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Pflugerville Independent School District is set to open two new schools in the 2017-2018 year, and several other school boundaries are expected to change when they do.
The boundary changes would create enrollment for the two new schools, a high school and an elementary school, while balancing out the enrollment at other ones that already exist.
Proposed changes include sending some Kelly Lane Middle School students to Park Crest and Pflugerville middle schools, shifting some freshmen at Hendrickson High School to Weiss High School, the district’s new high school, and some students at Riojas, Rowe Lane and Dearing elementary schools would see boundary changes to accommodate the new elementary school, named Vernagene Mott Elementary.
Another proposed change would shift some kids from Highland Park Elementary, which is overcrowded. To ease congestion, the district will move a group of kids that currently walk to school, to Brookhollow Elementary.
“As a taxpayer, that’s going to be additional operating costs that are unnecessary for busing, and then taking students from being able to walk to school and bussing them elsewhere doesn’t make sense, especially when we have four neighborhood groups that are already bused to our school,” says Melody Ryan, who has two children that attend Highland Park Elementary.
Ryan is worried the district is thinking short-term. “The population is going to continue to grow, my concern is that this proposal only relieves us for four years and we’re going to go through it again.”
A spokesperson for Pflugerville ISD says the district utilized a demographer to look at current and future growth patterns within the district. The boundary plan takes into account growth projections, facility utilization, student impact, natural boundaries and hazards, and feeder pattern consideration. “We want to be very transparent throughout the process. We are listening to those who might be affected and taking that feedback into consideration before our board makes its decision,” said Steve Scheffler, PFSID communications officer in a written statement.
In November, Pflugerville ISD’s Board of Trustees held a workshop to talk about boundary adjustments and how they would impact facility use, natural boundaries and students. The final boundary decisions will be made in January.
Before making a decision, administrators invite members of the community to give feedback at meetings scheduled throughout the next two months:
- November 30: Hendrickson High School Performing Arts Center
- December 5: Riojas Elementary School Cafeteria
- December 7: Kelly Lane Middle School Cafeteria
- December 8: Rowe Lane Elementary School Cafeteria
- January 4: Park Crest Middle School Cafeteria
- January 5: Highland Park Elementary School Cafeteria
- January 10: Pflugerville Administration Building Board Room
All of the meetings are open to the public and begin at 6 p.m., except for the final meeting which will start at 6:30 p.m. You may also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.