By KAROLYN GEPHART
An FISD Board workshop on school zone boundary lines was held recently in Friendswood.
The seven member board put together a boundary adjustment timeline in November to address future development and student population growth. The statistics had come from Population and Survey Analysts (PASA).
Friendswood ISD is split into two elementary/intermediate zones. The north zone serves Westwood and Bales, and the south zone serves Cline and Windsong. Growth trends in Friendswood ISD show enrollment in the south zone to grow beyond optimal capacity for each of those buildings, according to school officials.
The study shows all of the future growth in FISD will take place in the south end of the south zone. The north zone shows little to no growth in the next ten years as it has basically been built out.
The Board put together parameters for zoning that were given to the FISD administration. At a Board workshop at the end of November, the Board directed the superintendent to provide a recommendation for a boundary adjustment that would address the projected growth of students in the south zone through the 2020–2021 school year.
From there, the administrators put together a boundary committee of parents from each of the four elementary schools, building principals, and Central Office staff. The committee members looked at the parameters, current options from demographers and recently come forward with their recommendations.
The committee recommended the district make a large cut to move the highest number of students, minimize double moves determined by future changes, keep transportation informed due to scheduling routes, give special consideration to students moving to new schools with a formal transition plan for the students and their parents, make communication a priority with website and other ways to keep parents and community informed and to not have a grandfather provision.
The group then selected a rezoning map. This map and more information can be found at www.myfisd.com.
Committee members include Aimee Scogin, Allan Rasmussen, Allison Egert, Allison Pine, Amanda Grolier. Andria Niles, Annie Clary, Ashlee Fisher, Beth Clark, Beth Stanfield, Candace Metz, Dana Stanfield, Emily Ford, Holly Herncall, Joannah Gonzalez, Kellie Odom, Kenneth Direkly, Kristen Westerfield, Kristin Hamon, Lauren Durso, Melissa McGuire, Monica Drew, Phu Leimer, Savika Jodhan, Shelley Hernandez, Tracy Hopkins and Troy Elmore.