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Make the most of upcoming meetings

The Denton school district will have public hearings tonight and Thursday on new attendance boundaries planned in connection with the August 2014 opening of an elementary school in the southern portion of the district.

We urge parents to attend.

The meetings should provide key information for residents whose children are enrolled in existing area schools. Opening the new school will mean new attendance boundaries for five other elementary schools, officials said.

The new elementary school, now referred to as Elementary School No. 22, will be north of FM407 and west of Copper Canyon Road near the Fairlin neighborhood of Lantana. The proposed boundaries for the new school will include the Lantana neighborhoods of Sierra, Telea, Laviana, Gaillardia, Fairlin, Reata, Palmetto, Meridian, Crescent and Kendall.

The school will also draw from Bartonville, Double Oak, Canyon Oaks, Copper Canyon and other areas south, west and north of FM407 and east and west of Copper Canyon Road, officials have said.

The proposed boundary changes would go into effect for the 2014-15 school year and would affect students attending E.P. Rayzor, Blanton, Pecan Creek, Hawk and McNair elementary schools, according to school officials.

Proposed changes to boundaries for neighboring schools include:

E.P. Rayzor Elementary: It will include mostly the Lantana neighborhoods of Carlisle, Wimberly, Camden, Brazos, Sonora, Wisteria, Navarro, Magnolia and Bel Air.

Hawk Elementary: Students in the Oakmont area west of Interstate 35E, who currently attend Pecan Creek Elementary, are proposed to attend Hawk.

McNair Elementary: Students from in the Hickory Creek community, which borders Bluebonnet and Redbud, and who are now attending Blanton, are proposed to attend McNair.

Blanton Elementary: The attendance zone will include the current neighborhoods except for students in the neighborhoods zoned for the new school or E.P. Rayzor.

Holiday plans are beginning to pick up steam, and we understand that parents may be busy, but we believe it’s in their best interest to take note of the meetings. Tonight’s hearing will begin at 7 at Crownover Middle School, 1901 Creekside Drive in Corinth, and a second hearing is scheduled Thursday at Harpool Middle School, 9601 Stacee Lane in Lantana.

For additional information, contact the district’s academic programs division at 940-369-0134.

Parents who attend the meetings will be able to plan ahead and/or have choices for the coming school year, Assistant Superintendent Robert Bostic said in a written statement.

“It also is necessary for the school administrators to plan for staffing at these schools,” he wrote.

Boundary changes can be emotional issues for parents, and that’s understandable, but by working together, area residents and district officials should be able to make the process go as smoothly as possible.

The school district has scheduled the public hearings well in advance of the planned school opening so parents can review the proposed boundary changes and explore attendance options.

We urge parents to do their part and make the most of this opportunity.