by A.C. Hall
Earlier this month the White Settlement Independent School District put into effect new elementary school attendance boundaries. Going into action this fall, these changes were made in an effort to prepare for enrollment growth as well as meet the needs of students. This change largely effects North Elementary and Blue Haze Elementary.
The enrollment boundary for North Elementary is shifting significantly, pushing further south in West Point while retreating some in White Settlement. Within White Settlement, this means more students coming to West Elementary and Liberty Elementary. As two schools that are hundreds of students below their functional capacity, the new attendees won’t place any burden on the two campuses.
New home construction is a driving force in these changes, as seven of the top eight producers of new homes in the area are located west of 820 in the North and Blue Haze attendance zones. This new construction, as well as new home construction in the Sun View addition in White Settlement, has the WSISD expecting student growth of 373 over the next three years. Moving even further, those projected growth numbers look for growth of 560 students over the next five years and 928 students over the next ten years.
Students currently enrolled in pre-kindergarten through third grades will be eligible to be grandfathered, allowing them to remain at their current campus regardless of the new boundaries. Those students who are grandfathered in will not have bus transportation provided for them, however. Parents or guardians who wish for their student to be grandfathered will need to fill out and turn in an application for the process no later than April 3.
This process is slightly more complex for siblings of grandfathered students. If a sibling entering the WSISD wishes to attend the same school that a grandfathered sibling is in, a Parental Request to Transfer Form will be required. Even if approved, the younger sibling will be required to attend his or her home campus for the first six weeks of the school year, after which a decision will be rendered on the transfer request. This process would have to be followed every school year for the younger sibling.
With some of these key deadlines approaching for this matter, the WSISD is holding a parent information meeting tomorrow, March 26 at the Brewer High School Auditorium. The meeting gets underway at 6:00 pm and any parents or guardians with questions or concerns about the process are encouraged to attend this meeting. All of the boundary change information is also available online at: