A petition from a group of Shadow Creek Ranch residents who want to be in the Alvin ISD instead of Fort Bend ISD drew support Monday from the Pearland City Council, though members maintain the choice is up to the school districts.
“At the end of the day, Fort Bend and Alvin (ISDs) make their own decisions,” said Councilman Derrick Reed, regarding a city council resolution that the districts consider the petition. “We’re saying that these are our residents first, and this is what our residents want.”
A small portion of Pearland’s west side lies within Fort Bend ISD, and those residents have submitted a petition requesting to be de-annexed by Fort Bend and annexed into Alvin ISD.
“It would be ideal for everything in Pearland was in Pearland ISD,” Councilman Keith Ordeneaux said. “I do support reducing the number of school districts in our city and making everything cleaner.”
The council tabled adoption of the resolution supporting the petition so that it could be reworded slightly.
“It does kind of trouble me to put pressure on another government entity,” Ordeneaux said.
“This should serve as saying we support them in their petition efforts,” Reed said. “That’s it.”
The majority of property owners in the area within Pearland zoned to Fort Bend ISD signed the petition.
Both school districts are set to hold a public hearing on the matter.
The westernmost area of the city is “a considerable distance from FBISD schools, thereby making schools difficult to access due to challenges of the existing road network, making pedestrian and/or bike access to school and events unsafe,” the resolution reads.
The resolution asks trustees of both districts to give the petitioners “consideration.”
The decision to support the petition passed 6-0 and received applause from those in attendance.
“We didn’t tell them how to vote, but I think they understand what we are saying,” Mayor Tom Reid said.
Story by Nicole Jones