Waxahachie ISD’s new elementary school means more than new students and staff and a growing district. It also means attendance zones will see some adjustment to incorporate a fifth campus into the primary mix.

Monday night, trustees discussed what will be a several-month long process of rezoning with demographer Dr. Don Hooper of the Center for Quality Leadership. The process will include geocoding to determine population densities as well as public meetings to receive community input and a review of the district’s intra-transfer policy.

“The goal here is to get some general agreement with the community and appeal to common sense and rational judgement,” Hooper said, noting typical values identified during the process include full utilization of facilities, geographic proximity to a school, keeping neighborhoods and subdivisions together, ethnic and socio-economic diversity and minimization of portable use, hazardous crossings and transportation costs.

“You do this in a way that is fair, equitable and as painless as possible,” he said, noting the district is growing at a rate of about 300 new students a year. Based on the data, that rate would equate to a new elementary every three years, a new middle school every six years and a new high school every 10 years.

In addition to looking at the rezoning in the upcoming weeks, Hooper said he also wanted trustees to begin development of a long-term plan relating to growth that would include flexibility in facility usage.

“You want to be ahead of the curve,” he said.

In coordination with Hooper’s presentation, Deputy Superintendent David Truitt presented trustees with reports and data on the number of children involved in the district’s early childhood and bilingual programs, as well as available space and possible configurations involving the different elementary campuses. Truitt also discussed the intra-district student transfer policy, which covers 232 students this school year. Of those, 49 related to employee transfers, 14 were the result of extenuating circumstances and 169 were under the sibling rule.

Elementary campus enrollment figures at this point in the school year include:

Marvin Elementary - 717 students Dunaway Elementary - 516 students Northside Elementary - 630 students Shackelford Elementary - 663 students Wedgeworth Elementary - 761 students

In other business, the trustees received a construction update as prepared by the district’s architectural firm, Huckabee and Associates.

At Global High School, contractors are completing the punch list on the second floor, with a punch list to be developed for the locker rooms next week.

At the new sixth grade center, the parking lots are near completion, with the geothermal well drilling under way. The foundation is complete, with the steel about 50 percent complete. A July 25 completion date is anticipated.

At the new elementary school, the parking lot and fire lane loop are complete. The geothermal wells are complete, with the well fields being connected together. The school’s brick has been delivered, with masons continuing their work on the concrete brick walls at the building’s center. The expected completion date is July 15.

At the new junior high school, steel frame erection is ongoing, with work under way on the roof metal decking. Masons are working on the two-story academic wing, with geothermal piping to begin this week. Plumbing and electrical are being roughed-in in the building’s center, with window openings being measured for fabrication. The expected completion is July 31.

The construction updates are available via the district’s Web site at www.wisd.org.

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