By Nicole Jones
Public meetings on Alvin ISD school boundaries are continuing, with an advisory committee set to convene at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16 in the Manvel Junior High cafeteria.
“Establishing new school boundaries can be a challenging and emotional process,” Alvin ISD Deputy Superintendent Rory Gesch said. “As a fast growth school district that opens new schools almost annually, we have the challenge of developing boundaries for each added campus.”
Inevitably, Gesch says, when a new boundary is created to alleviate overcrowding at one campus, boundaries for established schools can be impacted.
Reliving overcrowding of campuses was a common theme among committees that came together at the junior high on Nov. 18.
“One of the prevailing trends from this evening is that McNair Junior High is over capacity and we will need some leveling for the following school year,” Alvin ISD Chief of Operations Pat Miller said.
Committee findings will be presented to the Alvin ISD school board on Jan. 14.
Committee meetings are open to the public and active members of the committee include representatives from each Alvin ISD campus. Those attending meetings are asked to fill out comment cards on the tables.
In addition to providing feedback at meetings, the public can give comments at a link on the district’s website: www.alvinisd.net/sbac.
“We want to make sure that we have considered all the feedback received from the Alvin ISD website,” Miller said. “Our goal is to develop boundaries that are sensitive to the needs of our students and families, while also making the most efficient use of our available campus capacities.”