McKINNEY (Feb. 25, 2015) — Two days of winter weather and school cancellations didn’t keep the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees from dealing with important business at their regular monthly Board Meeting on Tuesday night (Feb. 24). The Board voted unanimously to approve the new 2015 Middle School Attendance Boundary Map which was developed based on an analysis of enrollment projections, MISD attendance boundary criteria, parent feedback and Board dialogue.

The process of adjusting middle school attendance boundaries began in mid-January with the primary goal of relieving crowding at Cockrill Middle School and Evans Middle School and to provide room for growth at Scott Johnson Middle School – while moving the fewest number of students possible from their current campuses. In addition, the Board held firmly to its commitment to maintaining socio-economic diversity across the district.

“We feel very positive about the process and the outcome of the boundary adjustments,” said MISD Board President Amy Dankel. “We think this plan will alleviate our problem of overcrowding at Evans and Cockrill, and we are happy that we were able to come to a unanimous decision in such a timely manner so that our middle school students can now move forward in registering for classes.”

Attendance zone exemptions will be granted to students affected by the boundary adjustments. Current 6th and 7th graders will be allowed to stay at their current campus next year, and younger siblings of those 6th and 7th graders will also qualify to attend under zone exemption status as long as there is no break in the family enrollment chain.

For example, a current Cockrill 7th grader who has been affected by boundary adjustments would be eligible through a zone exemption to stay at Cockrill in 2015-2016, and his or her current 5th grade sibling who would move up to 6th grade in 2015-2016 would also be able to attend Cockrill because both the older and the younger sibling would be at Cockrill at the same time in 2015-2016. The family enrollment chain would be unbroken.

However, a current Cockrill 8th grader who will move on to high school next year would not make his or her current 5th grade sibling eligible to attend Cockrill in 2015-2016 because the current 8th grader would no longer be at that school and the family chain of enrollment would be broken.

To take advantage of the zone exemption provision, parents must submit a Zone Exemption Form online beginning March 2 through March 31. For more information about zone exemptions and answers to frequently asked questions visit mckinneyisd.net.

During the boundary adjustment process, MISD utilized a variety of communication tools to keep the community updated: ParentLink phone calls, Facebook and Twitter posts, e-newsletter notifications and local media coverage. 

Input from parents and the community was important to the Board. They received and considered input primarily through an online feedback form and a Telephone Town Hall Meeting held on Monday, Feb. 9. The callout for that meeting reached 24,544 homes with 2,988 callers opting to listen in. Thirty-one callers addressed the Board during the hour-long Telephone Town Hall Meeting.

“This process kept the parents and whole community involved,” said Dankel. “I feel like using the online form and Town Hall Meeting is a better process than simply assigning kids to a campus and parents finding out at the end after the decisions have been made.”

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or smauldin@mckinneyisd.net.

 

About McKinney ISD

One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,750 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at mckinneyisd.net.