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 site.
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. Following the committee’s recommendation at the October board meeting, the district conducted two public forums to solicit input from the community. The November 3 and 10 forums were held at Travis and Bowie Elementary, respectively.
In addition, Superintendent Dr. Patty Shafer hosted a light lunch on November 4 to accommodate parents who wanted to attend during their lunch hour, and met with members of her Student Advisory Council on November 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 that all of the school principals will remain the same with the following exceptions:
• Sandra Reyes will be the principal of the Irene K. Mendez Elementary School, and
• Rosemary Garza will be the principal of the Maria Hernandez Elementary School.
The Transition Plan includes options such as current 3rd, 4th, and 7th 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%, and that families provide their own transportation.
Maps of the attendance zones are on display at all SMCISD campuses and offices and are posted on the district’s Web site at www.smcisd.net under the Quick Links.
by Iris Campbell
San Marcos CISD
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