Attendance zone planned for new HCISD elementary

Staff Report

HAYS CISD — Hays CISD will soon create a new elementary school attendance zone that will accommodate the 15th elementary school added to the district.

Located in the Sunfield subdivision, the new campus will open in August 2022. The HCISD Board of Trustees approved a committee of 14 residents to review proposed maps, welcome public input and present a recommendation for the Board’s vote this December.

“Board policy requires the district administration to create at least two starting-point maps for consideration by the citizen committee,” said Tim Savoy, chief communication officer. “We encourage everyone who has an opinion to reach out to the committee by using the special ‘Zone Talk’ button on the committee’s webpage or attending one of two public forums. People can also follow along as the process progresses, view the prevailing draft maps and see all of the materials presented to the committee on the committee webpage.”

HCISD establishes attendance zones for schools to:

  1. Maintain the neighborhood school concept;
  2. Prevent, reduce, and eliminate overcrowding;
  3. Allow for future growth;
  4. Keep distances traveled by students as short as possible;
  5. Minimize the need for student transportation; and
  6. Allow campuses to house students safely and provide adequate services to all students.

In the May 2021 bond election, HCISD voters approved the new elementary school that costed a total of $38.4 million. Construction began in June 2021 for the 117,611 square-foot campus that will accommodate as many as 900 students grades pre-K through 5th.

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