After months of planning, weeks of public hearings and a few tweaks, the Waxahachie ISD settled on two school zone proposals to kick off the 2020-2021 academic year.
Elementary Plan 5 and Junior High Plan 4, which can be viewed at wisd.org, were approved by the Board of Trustees during a regular meeting, Monday.
The new school boundaries come as the district makes efforts to balance enrollment numbers in its elementary schools with the addition of the newly built Max H Simpson Elementary which opens in August. A rezoning numbers plan can also be viewed at wisd.org.
“We tried to work with every parent on their concerns,” District Superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain said. “Obviously, a lot of people just wanted to stay at their favorite school with very understandable reasons, but there was just no way because that school can only hold so many students.”
Noting that some parents and teachers at the public hearings expressed concerns over the boundary modifications, Board President Dusty Autrey said the plans do satisfy the majority.
“I think that we made a conscious effort as a group to literally try to appease every single person that we could,” Autrey expressed. “By reading all the comments from the forums that we had, I do believe that we probably fixed 90 percent of the concerns.”
The board president added that the school boundaries will continue to be redrawn as the district grows and builds new schools.
“If you’re not happy where you’re at, hold tight,” Autrey advised. “It’s probably going to change again in the next year or so, and if you’re happy, hold tight because you might not be happy the next time because this is going to be something that we’re going to be going through on a regular interval.”
The district last rezoned its elementary and junior high school boundaries for the 2018-2019 school year to fill the new Wilemon STEAM Academy and Evelyn Love Coleman Junior High.