Attendance Zone Changes
A message from Superintendent Nivens
Before I arrived in Community ISD, growth was predicted to occur rapidly in the Lavon area. Therefore, the NeSmith Elementary attendance zone was drawn in 2015 to allow for the increase in students expected from housing developments in and around Lavon. As it turns out, the expected number of students coming from the Lavon attendance zone did not grow at the predicted rate; instead, we began to see growth in the larger geographical area that makes up the current McClendon attendance zone.
Over the past several weeks, our administrative team, including both elementary principals, has been working with a local demographic firm to modify our elementary attendance zones in order to relieve the overcrowding at McClendon. Before we look at what we are proposing, I want to share with you six important principles that were very important in this process:
- Understand that change is hard for most.
- Be proactive, transparent, and honest.
- Over communicate the intentions and rationale.
- As much as possible, keep the neighborhood together.
- Try to make boundaries make sense.
- DO WHAT’S BEST FOR STUDENTS.
I will propose the new elementary attendance zones (see map below) to the Board of Trustees for approval in May. The change expands the current NeSmith boundary to the north and east. Upon approval, the new attendance zones will go into effect for the 2017-18 school year. All Bilingual/Dual Language students will continue to attend McClendon Elementary.
Lastly, I want to thank each of you for trusting us with your child each and every day and assure you that every decision we make in Community ISD is based on what is best for kids. It is my belief that our Braves that will be moving campuses this fall will find the same passion and commitment to excellence at NeSmith Elementary they have been experiencing at McClendon.