The zoning for the new J.R. Irvin Elementary building could expand to seven neighborhoods next year, depending on public input.
The Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees, which met during a workshop Tuesday morning, considered a rezoning draft proposal for the 2019-20 school year. Included in the rezoning proposal is the expansion of Irvin’s southern boundary by nearly half of a mile past US Highway 287.
The rezoning proposal would relocate 227 kindergartens through fourth-grade students from Miller, Mt. Peak and T.E. Baxter Elementary, according to Brent Alexander, School District Strategies director of demographic research. The rezoning would affect seven neighborhoods and three apartment complexes, including Autumn Run, Bluegrass and Old Town East.
“The group that would move from Cotton Creek Ranch and the Bluegrass area, that’s about 67 kids,” Alexander explained. “The group that is currently in Hunters Glen and Autumn Run, that’s about 83. The Baxter area, that’s 77. Those are your main kids that would be impacted by the changes.”
MISD Superintendent Dr. Lane Ledbetter said the district used the current number of students plus the two-year enrollment projection to decide on the rezoning proposal.
“You don’t want to open a new school with 400 kids knowing it's going to grow to 700,” Ledbetter said. “We don’t know that all of our growth might be west in the next few years. It might be north. We don’t know. So we didn’t want to limit ourselves. We wanted to maximize as much as possible the capacity of space that we have right now.”
Ledbetter explained that when the school reopens in time for the 2019-20 school year, fifth-grade students and their younger siblings could remain at their current campus.
MISD Chief Communications Officer Karen Permetti said residents in those neighborhoods could go online at www.misd.gs/zoning to read more information and submit their input regarding the proposal. Communitywide informational meetings on the rezoning will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9 at the L.A. Mills Administration Complex.
The board will make a final recommendation on Oct. 15 and the board will take action on Nov. 12.
The trustees also unanimously approved hiring two additional security positions for the Midlothian High School library. Ledbetter said the extra security would be posted during school hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. for student supervision.
Ledbetter said the first security position would be posted immediately, while the second position will be fulfilled at a later date.
David Dunn, @DavidDunnInTX
* A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the informational meeting times were from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 8 and 9. The story has since been updated with accurate information.