Belton ISD Board Approves New District Attendance Boundaries
After extensive input from parents and community members, the Belton ISD Board of Trustees approved new elementary, middle and high school attendance boundaries for the district. The new boundaries are being adopted in preparation for the opening of Charter Oak Elementary School in August 2019, followed by Lake Belton High School and Belton Middle School in the fall of 2020.
“We are a growing district and that of course comes with challenges,” Board President Sue Jordan said. “And we are thankful for the care our community, including the Attendance Boundaries Committee members, demonstrated in engaging in the open and inclusive process that influenced this important decision.”
Working closely with the district’s demographers, Templeton Demographics, the administration convened a citizen’s committee consisting of parents, community members, teachers and administrators to study new attendance boundaries. The Attendance Boundaries Committee met five times beginning in August 2018 and concluding January 7, 2019. In addition, a series of three public forums were held in December to solicit further community feedback on attendance boundary maps developed through the committee’s work.
“These new attendance boundaries keep subdivisions together to the greatest extent possible, make the best use of our buildings to reduce overcrowding and facilitates the most efficient transportation routes across the district,” Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon described. “A review by the district’s demographers indicated that approximately 15 percent of elementary school students will be impacted by the changes.”
The approved boundaries, as recommended by the administration, keep seven of the district’s nine elementary schools together when students advance to middle school, a fact highlighted by Templeton Demographics as unusual given the size of the district.
For high school, the new boundaries follow the natural boundary lines along the Leon River, creating the Belton High School zone as south of the river with the new Lake Belton High School drawing from students residing in the north.
“We look forward to implementing the new elementary boundaries when Charter Oak opens this fall and the middle and high school boundaries in the fall of 2020,” Dr. Kincannon said.
Also during the meeting, the board took action to approve the calendar for the 2019–2020 academic year, which sets the date that Charter Oak Elementary School will officially welcome its first students.
In keeping with Belton ISD’s District of Innovation Plan, classes will start prior to the fourth Monday of August. The first day of class will be Monday, August 19, 2019. The last day of classes will be Wednesday, May 27, 2020, with graduation held the following day. Students and staff will have the week of Thanksgiving off, two weeks off around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, and the week of March 9 off for Spring Break.
January 15, 2019