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  • The complete summary is also saved in the Files section of the Site for the 1/10/11 Rezoning Workshop
    Dawn Donnelly over 3 years ago
    Please see the Summary of the last January 10th FBISD Rezoning Workshop posted here!
    Dawn Donnelly over 3 years ago
    The green blobs are the 2 areas that FBISD is considering for high school #12. There was no substantive discussion about rezoning. In answering a resident's question, Sup Jenney said FBISD is looking at the land near Univ Houston as a possible HS site,
    Dawn Donnelly over 4 years ago
    Thank you. I am not sure I understand what the green blobs are. would the northwest corner of Telfair rezoned to Austin High ? Is this a proposal ? What happens to the rest of telfair? Stays in Kempner zone. Was there any talk about the high school in te
    Dawn Donnelly over 4 years ago
    Go to "Files" and click on "Telfair Town Hall.pptx" for the Power Point Presentation provided by FBISD
    Dawn Donnelly over 4 years ago
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  • *Summary of Jan. 10, 2011 FBISD Rezoning Workshop:*

    THE SECTION OF TELFAIR EAST OF UNIVERSITY MAY BE ZONED OUT OF CORNERSTONE ELEMENTARY

    On Monday, January 10th the FBISD Board of Trustees met to review zoning options for the 2011-2012 school year. The Board is facing a significant budget deficit for the first time in recent memory and they are also concerned about additional cuts in education funding from the State legislature. It appears unlikely that FBISD will issue a bond in November and therefore, no funds will be available to build a high school in Telfair or anywhere else in the District.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO?
    Go to; http://www.fortbend.k12.tx.us/about/zoningComments.cfm and post your comments about the zoning options. Here are some suggested comments, bu,t whatever you say,* please maintain a civil and respectful tone:*
    Elementary School:
    Keep all of Telfair at the local neighborhood school, close Colony Bend and rezone Chelsea Harbor to Lakeview. This is the most fiscally responsible plan – one that helps to solve issues of underutilized and overcapacity schools.

    Middle School:
    Rezone the west side of New Territory to new middle school #14 so that it doesn’t remain grossly under capacity for the next five years. This option makes fiscal sense and allows children in that school zone to track together for elementary school, middle school and high school. Again, by implementing this plan, FBISD populates a potentially under enrolled campus while easing the burden on over-capacity Sartartia.

    High School:
    Address the crowding in the high schools by shifting the boundary zones to the east in a wave effect. This is necessary in the short term because there are no funds to build new schools to alleviate crowding. The existing high schools need to be better utilized. This is not a decision that will make many people happy, but it forces all of the district to share the burden of alleviating overcrowding in the west and populating high schools on the verge of closing in the east.

    2- SHOW OUR UNITY AND STRENGTH!
    Attend with as many of your neighbors and friends as possible the upcoming Board Meeting on January 24th, 2011 – wear red and show the Board that we are here and we want them to make fiscally sound decisions, not “Bandaid” solutions that will require this process to be repeated in 2-3 years.

    BACKGROUND:
    Following is a recap of the Board’s zoning workshops to date. For more information, you can visit http://www.fortbend.k12.tx.us/about/zoning.cfm
    One short month ago, the Board and the District seemed to be in agreement that an expansion at Cornerstone Elementary was the best option to accommodate the children of Telfair. They also seemed to agree that Colony Bend Elementary, which has hovered at 60% of capacity for years, should be closed and largely rezoned to Colony Meadows, which also has a low enrollment.
    However, at the January 10th Board meeting the Board retreated from these plans in favor of a plan that would rezone the section of Telfair that is east of University to Colony Meadows Elementary School. This plan would shift the Colony Meadows school zone to help fill Colony Bend instead of closing it. Meanwhile, the children from Chelsea Harbor and the Landmark Apartments would continue to attend Cornerstone. There were no changes for Telfair on Middle School or High School zoning. The East side of University would continue to be zoned to Sartartia and Kempner. No final decisions have yet been made so we need to have our voices heard.

    The favored rezoning plans for middle schools on the west side of the District do not address overcrowding and leave a new middle school under capacity for years. The Board seems unwilling to make some unpopular but fiscally sound decisions, such as sending the west side of New Territory to MS #14 which will open in August 2011 at half capacity. New Territory has apparently successfully lobbied the Board to keep all of New Territory at Sartartia on the basis that they “should not be divided.” This argument appears to have been accepted by the Board even though New Territory has been separated into two different elementary schools and high schools for years and are only “together” at Sartartia. However, no official decision has yet been made so we can still have our voices heard.

    There are NO PLANS to remedy the high school crowding issues. Telfair remains zoned to Kempner, which is very overcrowded at close to 130% of capacity. The obvious, although widely unpopular solution, is to shift the entire district eastward, including shifting Telfair into Clements. The population growth that was anticipated in Aliana in the far west part of the District did not occur. Telfair, as well as Sienna and Riverstone in the eastern part of the District, are burgeoning, while high schools in the far east part of the District are under capacity. The existing high schools need to be better utilized, but the Board is reluctant to touch some of the high school zones – ie, Clements, Austin and Elkins. We need to tell the Board that although this decision is not an easy one, they need to do what is right for the entire district! No decisions have yet been made so let’s voice our opinions!

    HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOU?

    • PROPERTY VALUES:* Your property values will SHARPLY DECLINE because no one wants to buy a house in a community with overcrowded and/or non-existent schools.
    • OVERCROWDED/OUTSIDE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: * Cornerstone Elementary is already at 125% capacity, and this does not include all the new construction currently in progress. Your child will attend either a school that is way over capacity or one that is significantly farther away. This impacts our children and will divide our community, as there will not be enough room to accommodate all Telfair residents.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

    The Telfair Community must unite to demonstrate our position. There is strength in numbers!
    WE CANNOT ALLOW NEWLAND TO PROCEED WITH ANY FURTHER RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT UNTIL THE SCHOOL SITUATION IS RESOLVED!!!
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    HOW YOU CAN HELP:
    VOICE YOUR CONCERNS TO THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS VIA PHONE, EMAIL AND LETTERS.

    Timothy R Jenney, Ph.D., superintendent superintendent@fortbend.k12.tx.us

    PHONE NUMBER: 281-634-1000

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    many have asked for what EXACTLY you should be saying to FBISD Trustees and/or Newland representatives about our current High School issues.

    Following are some key questions and talking points for both:
    NEWLAND:
    713-575-9000
    Ted Nelson, Regional President
    Alan Bauer, Regional Vice President

    KEY QUESTIONS:
    Why is it necessary to give FBISD a deadline?
    What will Newland do with the high school property (and the second elementary school site property) if FBISD does not choose to buy the property?
    What ramifications will MORE houses have on our community, given that our elementary school is already at 125% capacity?
    What can we – the residents – do to help the negotiation progress?
    TALKING POINTS:
    We know that Newland continues to say you want the school as much as we do. We feel that perhaps you don’t; perhaps because you are in business to make money, if the school falls through, you stand to do better.
    We feel that your builders have been deceptive, and the information they get trickles down from you so you hold some responsibility
    for builders who are STILL marketing these schools. (e.g., davidweekleyhomes.com right now says “Three future school sites.”)
    We feel you have been deceptive by keeping the second elementary school site on your development map knowing FBISD has never passed a bond to include the purchase of that land.
    If you want schools as much as we do, why not gift the elementary school property?
    FBISD:
    SONAL BHUCHAR, PRESIDENT West Side At-Large Position 2 Phone: 281-265-9468 • sonal.bhuchar@fortbendisd.com
    SUSAN HOHNBAUM, VICE PRESIDENT West Side At-Large Position 1 Phone: 281-491-8997 • susan.hohnbaum@fortbendisd.com
    DANIEL MENENDEZ, SECRETARY District At-Large Position 4 Phone: 281-778-9526 • Daniel.menendez@fortbendisd.com
    JIM BABB, East Side At-Large Position 7 Phone: 281-851-6650 • jim.babb@fortbendisd.com
    LAURIE CALDWELL, East Side At-Large Position 5 Phone: 281-416-0074 • laurie.caldwell@fortbendisd.com
    MARILYN GLOVER, East Side At-Large Position 6 Phone: 281-835-0824 • Marilyn.glover@fortbendisd.com
    JIM RICE, West Side At-Large Position 3 Phone: 713-482-2300 • jim.rice@fortbendisd.com
    KEY QUESTIONS:
    Why has no decision been made yet on the Telfair high school site?
    What is the second site you are considering for a high school?
    Why is there not more transparency on this? Don’t we – as taxpayers – deserve answers?
    Will you decide prior to Newland’s deadline?
    We realize you should not have to jump when Newland tells you to, but do you realize what the ramifications will be if you don’t? How will more houses on those 65 acres affect your rezoning: Telfair’s already overcrowded elementary school, and Sartartia – which is already a very sensitive issue? Think of the ripple effect!
    The money is set aside for the purchase of high school land – – why wait any longer to make a decision?
    What is holding up the negotiation process?
    Are you currently still planning on putting another bond up for a vote next Fall 2011?
    Shouldn’t you first take care of the money from the 2007 bond?
    TALKING POINTS:
    We do not want to be an after-thought.
    It is time for FBISD to be PROACTIVE as opposed to REACTIVE when it comes to zoning and having schools that are ready to take on our children.
    Our existing surrounding high schools are all over-crowded. If any more development happens in Telfair, we have no place for those kids to go!

    Thank you
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