Carroll ISD made no changes to attendance zones for the 2018-2019 school year. The 2017 Bond Program includes classroom additions at each of the five elementary schools. This should help alleviate overcrowding.
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The district is in the process of studying student enrollment projections, ongoing residential construction and demographic trends in an effort to identify short- and long-term solutions to managing student growth.
The district has not yet determined if new attendance zones will be necessary to address student growth. All options are still under review.
We can be certain of the following:
- No changes were made for the 2018-2019 school year.
- When the district does propose attendance zone changes, public meetings will first be held in an effort to keep everyone informed.
- Any proposed attendance zone changes will not affect the district's outside borders with neighboring districts.
- Dragon families will get an opportunity to share feedback and input on any proposed attendance zones that may be considered.
Question & Answer Section:
Who ultimately makes the final decision about proposed rezoning?
The seven men and women elected to the Carroll ISD Board of Trustees make all final decisions with regard to attendance rezoning. Historically, however, we have shared information with the public and obtained public input prior to making final decisions.
Is this just an elementary issue?
Primarily, yes. However, attendance zone changes for neighborhoods can affect the intermediate and middle school zones as well. To ensure a feeder school system, changes that are made can affect older students and whether or not they need to be grandfathered to remain in their current feeder system. This can be a huge issue for a family because transportation is not provided as part of grandfathering provisions.
What exactly is grandfathering?
It isn't a part of policy unless the Board of Trustees agrees to grandfather students. Historically, CISD has tried to grandfather any student who is rezoned but wishes to remain in the current school and/or that school's feeder system. Transportation is not provided for students who choose to be grandfathered under old attendance zones.
How many campuses are overcrowded?
CISD has three campuses serving the southern elementary zones (Carroll Elementary, Rockenbaugh Elementary and Old Union Elementary). There are two campuses serving the northern elementary zones (Walnut Grove Elementary and Johnson Elementary). Most of our growth is now occurring in the northern zones. Both Walnut Grove and Johnson are nearing their functional capacity in the north. Carroll Elementary is reaching functional capacity in the south as well. As a short-term solution to managing growth, the district added temporary portable classrooms at Carroll Elementary and Johnson Elementary. In addition, common classroom space at Walnut Grove Elementary was converted into additional classrooms.
Will there be any changes this school year?
We are studying options, but no changes have been propose for the 2018-2019 school year. In fact, CISD has not yet developed attendance rezoning proposals for campuses next year either. This does remain an option, but will not be done without community input.
Has the district made a formal recommendation?
At this point, no. The Administration is currently studying a number of short- and long-term options and may have some recommendations for the Board of Trustees to consider for the 2018-2019 school year going forward.
When did the district last rezone elementary schools?
The last rezoning process occurred in 2011 just prior to the opening of Walnut Grove Elementary School.
Didn't you know more students were coming when Walnut Grove Elementary was built?
Yes. Although the district was aware that growth would continue slow and steady in the northern elementary zones, we are limited by funding and debt capacity. Much in the same way that you cannot always completely renovate your entire house, CISD manages growth by building facilities as they are needed. The last thing a district wants to do is overbuid and have facilities sit unused until the growth occurs. Districts often use portable buildings as a short-term solution until funding for facilities has been approved by voters and constructed as part of a capital improvement program.
Are portable buildings an option?
Yes as a short-term solution. CISD does not manage growth long-term using portable buildings. It costs about $80,000 to set up a new classroom portable building with technology, etc. Resale after the building is no longer needed is significantly lower than the purchase price. These buildings can successfully be used to manage student growth short-term until a school bond election or building addition is possible. In 2017, Carroll voters approved a $208 million bond package that is providing new classroom additions at each elementary school. Currently, Johnson Elementary, Carroll Elementary and Old Union Elementary are under construction. The classrooms are expected to be ready for the 2019-2020 school year. It's not known at this time if attendance rezoning will be necessary, but having additional classrooms at each campus should help avoid massive attendance rezoning.
What are some of the short-term solutions school districts use to manage growth?
- Review & reallocate current classroom usage
- Relocate programs to vacant classrooms or campuses
- Add portable buildings at campuses over capacity
- Restrict Transfers/Open Enrollment Policy
- Implement Temporary Rezoning
What are some of the long-term solutions school districts use to manage growth?
- Build/Open new school buildings
- Construct classroom additions at campuses over capacity
- Restructure which grade levels attend each campus
- Reconstitute existing land and building space