From the San Marcos school district
San Marcos CISD school board members approved the new attendance zones for the 2009-2010 school year at the November 17 meeting. This included the Transition Plan proposed by the Attendance Zone Committee and the relocation of the district’s Pre- Kindergarten program to the Hernandez Elementary School campus.
Next fall, the district will undergo “realignment” with six elementary schools, two middle schools, and the high school. The committee of about 38 members met several times before they arrived at a recommendation that met most of the criteria they had established before they began their task.
The school board approved the plan 5-1 with board member David Castillo dissenting. Board member Peter Baen was not present.
Following the committee’s recommendation at the October board meeting, the district conducted two public forums to solicit input from the community. The Nov. 3 and 10 forums were held at Travis and Bowie Elementary, respectively.
In addition, Superintendent Dr. Patty Shafer hosted a light lunch on Nov. 4 to accommodate parents who wanted to attend during their lunch hour, and met with members of her Student Advisory Council on Nov. 13 to address student concerns and questions. The program at all these events included discussion of the proposed attendance zones.
Following the board’s approval of the attendance zone plan, Shafer announced the appointment of Sandra Reyes as principal of Irene K. Mendez Elementary School and Rosemary Garza as principal of the Maria Hernandez Elementary School. Principals at other district schools will remain the same.
The Transition Plan includes options such as current third, fourth and seventh graders having an opportunity to remain at their present schools provided that their families make application to do so, that school capacity remains no more than 95 percent, and that families provide their own transportation.