After having no attendance boundary changes in the 2018-19 school year, the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees voted Feb. 11 to approve changes that will affect more than 700 students in 2019-20.
The changes—which affect seven elementary schools and two middle schools—are intended to rezone students from several over-capacity schools to campuses that are underutilized, officials said at a Jan. 14 board work session.
Post Elementary School, which was built to accommodate 1,092 students but had about 1,127 students living in its boundaries in the fall semester, will move students to Lee and Gleason elementary schools—both of which are under capacity with about 815 and 857 students, respectively.
About 252 students living in the Blackhorse Ranch and Stone Ridge neighborhoods will move from Warner Elementary School to Pope Elementary School.
Truitt Middle School will take about 226 students from Dean Middle School to balance out enrollment numbers at both schools.
The district tallies each school’s enrollment on the last Friday of every October. CFISD Director of General Administration Kristi Giron said officials compare that number to projections from Population and Survey Analysts demographers and to enrollment snapshots from previous years.
“We look at every single school to see if they are growing or declining in enrollment,” she said. “Using these numbers, we then look at building capacities, and with the help of PASA we check on future growth in the area.”
Throughout the planning process, officials considered several factors including enrollment projections, school capacities, the campus feeder system, geographical proximity of students to schools, community input and keeping changes minimal, Giron said.
“We don’t like to move students just to move them,” Giron said.