Cline shift to alleviate over-crowding

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A group of at least 93 Cline Elementary students will be attending Windsong next fall, the school board decided Monday.

The Friendswood ISD Board of Trustees on Monday agreed to one of two options recommended, which rezones a small group of third-graders to Windsong in the fall of 2015-16 to alleviate overcrowding at Cline.

The option selected – though a short-term solution – had fewer students moving to Windsong. However, the board could revisit the issue to include the western half of West Ranch.

The move comes after two public meetings and a Parent Key Communicator meeting advertising the possibility of moving some third graders to Windsong beginning next fall in order to reduce over-crowding at Cline.

By moving third graders to Windsong, the district estimates that both schools should be able to handle expected growth on their campuses for the next several years. The two choices presented to the board on Monday, staff said, are the “least disruptive to families” out of a number of other options.

The school district, recently ranked No. 1 in the Houston area by online research site, is experiencing rapid growth in its southern section, and increasing enrollment at Cline, 505 Briarmeadow, has been identified as its most pressing issue.

Earning the district’s “Making A Difference” Award this month are Friendswood Junior High science teacher Jenny Dixon and special ed paraprofessional Jennifer Smith.

Dixon recently took on the challenge of teaching both 7th and 8th grade classes, and also is responsible for the Science Club and Science Fair. Smith also recently moved into her position at FJH, quickly learning material, meeting with staff and learning about the students.

The school board also took time to thank the Friendswood High Wranglerettes for representing their school and city in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. While in New York, the team also performed in Rockefeller Plaza on the Today show and participated with Broadway stars in the parade’s opener, where it was in the 30s and snowing. The girls arose at 2 a.m. Thanksgiving Day to cover three miles in the parade and then perform in front of the Macy’s department store on 34th Street.

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