Round Rock ISD hosted its public review of the Middle School Attendance proposal for the 2017-18 school year between September 16 – October 13, 2016. The district collected input from students, parents, and community members through in person testimonies at three public hearings, email, and an online community feedback survey. The district has released new recommendations based upon goals and community feedback.
Citizens expressed concerns centered on three main topics during the public review process including the division of elementary schools and vertical alignment, safety, and hazardous routes, and the demographic shift, specifically at Chisholm Trail.
Administration reviewed all documents submitted and considered issues relevant to guiding principles in developing the final proposal to achieve the following:
● Minimize demographic shifts and improve balance.
● Align more elementary schools.
● Minimize student transportation down Chisholm Trail Road across 620.
● Reconsider neighborhoods and apartment complexes West of Parmer Lane and East of 183 for Pearson Ranch Middle School.
● Continue to find relief for Cedar Valley, Chisholm Trail, and Walsh middle schools.
The updated Attendance Area Proposal proposes the following:
● Minimize demographic balance changes.
● Relieves Cedar Valley, Chisholm Trail, and Walsh middle schools.
● Realigns all of Fern Bluff Elementary School to Chisholm Trail Middle School and all of Old Town Elementary School to Walsh Middle School.
● Impacts Grisham and greater impact to Deerpark than original plan by aligning Northwoods at Avery Ranch, apartment complexes around Parmer Lane East of 183, and Forest North Elementary School to Pearson Ranch Middle School.
● Aligns both Joe Lee Johnson STEAM and Wells Branch Arts Integration academies to Deerpark Middle School.
After collecting public feedback on the demographer’s proposal, the District will present its administrative recommendation at the October 20 regular meeting before the Board votes on that recommendation at its November 17 regular meeting.
As the District continues to plan for a possible bond election in May 2017, it will consider a 12th middle school for property to alleviate overcrowding in its east-side middle schools.