District outlines process for realignment of school attendance zones

In response to the opening of Bee Cave Middle School this August and Elementary School No. 7 in August 2020, Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD) officials have announced the formation of a School Attendance Zone Advisory Committee to be convened in February. 

Every two years, College Station, TX-based demographer Population and Survey Analysts (PASA) studies student residential locations, potential growth and decline, housing trends, and economic factors inherent to the district.  The 2018-2019 findings are contained in a Demographic Update presented to district officials during the January 16 regular meeting of the school board.  The update will be used to assist the committee with the realignment of current school attendance boundaries that will accommodate growth in student enrollment.

In addition to the Demographic Update, district officials will incorporate a two-way engagement tool called Thoughtexchange to gather public feedback between January 17-28.  Participants will be asked one open-ended question and can assign ‘stars’ or ratings to ideas shared by others, allowing district officials and participants to learn what is important to the community.  Feedback from the exchange will guide the work of the advisory committee.

“This committee will allow for a representative group of parents and community members from across the district to have an opportunity to participate in the development of rational and sustainable recommendations for new school attendance zones,” said Holly Morris-Kuentz, LTISD Deputy Superintendent, who will oversee the committee process.  “With the opening of Bee Cave Middle School in August and the opening of Elementary School No. 7 in August 2020, it’s imperative that we begin the process of rezoning now in order to provide balance and continuity across each of our elementary and middle schools.  Members will serve in an ad hoc capacity to the LTISD Board of Trustees who will make the final decision (on new attendance zone boundaries).”

The committee is comprised of 31 members:

  • two parents from each elementary school (12);

  • two parents from each middle school (4);

  • four classroom teachers;

  • five campus principals;

  • four district residents will serve in an at-large capacity; and

  • two school board members will serve in an ex-officio capacity.

In order to provide attendance zone recommendations to the school board in April for a first reading and in May for a board vote, the following timeline is planned for the committee work and community feedback:

January: Demographic Update
January: Formation of School Attendance Zone Advisory Committee
January: Community Input via Thoughtexchange
February - April: Advisory Committee Meetings
March - April: Public Comment Period
April: Community Presentations
April 17: Board of Trustees Meeting (recommendation to school board for review)
May 15: Board of Trustees Meeting (recommendation to school board for vote)

School attendance zones are slated to be announced by the end of the spring 2019 semester prior to students leaving for summer break.  Middle school attendance zones will be effective to correspond with the opening of Bee Cave Middle School in August 2019, and elementary attendance zones will be effective with the opening of Elementary School No. 7 in August 2020.

PASA demographers report student enrollment increased by 585 students—or 6%—between school years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, the third largest percent increase in Texas among districts with an enrollment of more than 10,000 students.  Considering a moderate growth rate scenario, PASA estimates student enrollment at LTISD would reach approximately 15,000 by 2028.

For more information, visit www.ltisdschools.org/attendancezones