Before an overflow crowd of concerned parents at Monday’s school board meeting, Katy ISD trustees approved new attendance boundaries, but not without making a last-minute change requested by residents of one attendance zone.
The redistricting came about to accommodate three new elementary schools and one new junior high currently under construction in the western portions of the district, as well as to alleviate overcrowding at current campuses.
Trustees approved changes recommended by district staff with the exception of one zone.
Residents of attendance zone 68A had protested the staff recommendation because it would rezone their students to Griffin Elementary. Many of the parents, most wearing names tags with “68A” written on them, were in attendance at the board meeting to present a petition to trustees.
A number of them addressed the board during the “open forum” portion of the meeting, urging trustees to leave their zone as it is, primarily for safety and transportation reasons.
Following a review of the recommendation by Chief Operations Officer Tom Gunnell and Scott Dunlap, the district’s energy management coordinator and demographics assistant, trustees voted to accept the staff recommendation, with the exception of allowing zone 68A to remain unchanged.
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