The Denton school board has approved elementary attendance boundaries for the 2014-15 school year, with a slight change to the original proposal recommended to the board.
The new attendance boundaries, prompted by the opening of a new elementary school this fall in the Lantana area, were approved 7-0 and impact the Blanton, E.P. Rayzor, Hawk, McNair, Nelson and Pecan Creek elementary schools’ attendance boundaries. The new boundaries take effect next fall.
Board President Charles Stafford said district officials worked hard to accommodate community concerns about the new boundaries.
“From the feedback I got from the community members, it seems that everyone’s concerns were apparently met and put to rest,” he said.
District officials say the schools impacted will be making contact with families soon to share the boundary modifications set for next school year.
Vicki Sargent, the district’s executive director for elementary academic programs, said a notification form is expected to be sent next week to parents with children entering the fifth grade next fall. She said parents are being asked to complete the form and indicate if their child wishes to complete elementary school at the child’s current campus or at the school the child has been zoned to attend.
According to district officials, students entering fifth grade next fall may continue attending their current school if their parents provide transportation, and their siblings may request a transfer for one year to continue attending school with them.
The tweak to the original proposed boundaries approved Tuesday was to rezone more than 40 students, who are currently at Blanton Elementary School, to Nelson Elementary School next fall. The students, who live in the Teasley Harbor neighborhood adjacent to Lighthouse Drive, had originally been designated to attend McNair Elementary School. District officials say the neighborhood is just south of Nelson Elementary.
Robert Bostic, assistant superintendent for academic programs, said by moving the students to Nelson Elementary, the district accommodated parent requests to have their children attend middle school with the same children with whom they attended elementary.
Officials also addressed other parental concerns raised in December about transportation and lack of sidewalks and walking paths to the new elementary school, which is being built on 12 acres north of FM407 and west of Copper Canyon Road in the Fairlin neighborhood of Lantana.
Bostic told board members Tuesday that the district has been in talks with Dallas-based real estate development company Republic Property Group — the developer for the Lantana development — and the Lantana Education Charitable Foundation, who indicate they plan to construct safe walkways and bike routes to and from the new elementary school. Republic Property Group could not be reached for comment.
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.
SCHOOL BOUNDARY CHANGES
The Denton school district approved the following 2014-15 elementary attendance boundary modifications this week:
Elementary School No. 22, set to open in August: The boundary includes the Sierra, Telea, Laviana, Gaillardia, Fairlin, Reata, Palmetto, Meridian, Crescent and Kendall neighborhoods in the Lantana development. The boundary also would include portions of Bartonville, Double Oak and Copper Canyon, the Canyon Oaks area and areas south, west and north of FM407 and east and west of Copper Canyon Road.
• E.P. Rayzor Elementary School: The boundary includes Lantana’s Carlisle, Wimberly, Camden, Brazos, Sonora, Wisteria, Navarro, Magnolia and Bel Air neighborhoods.
• McNair Elementary School: Nearly 60 students living in the Hickory Creek neighborhood bordering Bluebonnet and Redbud streets, who are currently at Blanton Elementary School, will be rezoned to McNair.
• Nelson Elementary School: More than 40 students living in the Teasley Harbor neighborhood adjacent to Lighthouse Drive, who are currently attending school at Blanton, will be rezoned to Nelson.
• Blanton Elementary School: The zone will remain the same with the exception of those students proposed to be rezoned to the new elementary school or E.P. Rayzor Elementary School.
• Hawk Elementary School: Students living in the Oakmont area west of Interstate 35 who attend Pecan Creek Elementary School are will be rezoned to Hawk Elementary School.