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:*
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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