Four future housing developments within the Lake Dallas school district have had their elementary school attendance zones changed, according to school officials.
Beginning this school year, students living in these new developments that were once assigned to attend Lake Dallas Elementary School will now attend Corinth Elementary School.
The idea is to prevent Lake Dallas Elementary from becoming overcrowded once the families move into the new subdivisions.
Three of the four housing developments — The Enclave of Hickory Creek and Steeplechase North and Steeplechase South — are in Hickory Creek. Construction for Long Lake, a Corinth subdivision, will begin in the fall.
Demographers’ data provided by the district indicates The Enclave of Hickory Creek will develop 73 lots, Steeplechase North and South will have 265 lots and Long Lake will produce 108 lots.
The boundary change, according to school district officials, does not impact any children currently enrolled with the district.
“The bottom line, what really changes is we changed some of the neighborhoods that weren’t populated from Lake Dallas Elementary to Corinth Elementary,” said Wes Eversole, the district’s deputy superintendent and chief financial officer. “These students will be attending Corinth Elementary, where we have capacity. We have capacity to house those children.”
Eversole said that “down the road” the district will consider adding additional classrooms at Corinth Elementary.
According to Eversole, Lake Dallas Elementary completed the past school year with 681 students and is projected to have an enrollment of 679 for the 2014-15 school year.
Corinth Elementary finished the 2013-14 school year with 537 students and an enrollment of 543 is projected for the upcoming school year, he said.
The Lake Dallas and Corinth elementary schools have a capacity of 750 and 700 students, respectively, Eversole said.
According to a district media release, 1,000 single and multi-family units are either under construction or platted for future development within the Lake Dallas school district boundaries. The district projects an increase of 170 students within the next five years, according to the release.
According to a demographer’s report presented to the Lake Dallas school board on May 19, the district’s enrollment is projected to be above 4,100 students by the 2018-19 school year.
Had no changes been made to the attendance boundaries, Lake Dallas Elementary would be over capacity by the 2016-17 school year.
The demographer’s data shows Corinth Elementary has room for growth throughout the next several years.