HPISD Elementary School Rezoning Process
"We reached a decision thanks to the thoughtful and transparent efforts of the HPISD Boundary Rezoning committee," HPISD Board of Trustees President Jim Hitzelberger said. "Redrawing elementary school attendance zones is no easy task. I believe that the committee found the best possible solution to position each of our schools for success in the future."
Students currently enrolled in third grade will have the option of attending their current school or the new school to which they are zoned. To access the final report presented to the HPISD Board of Trustees, please click here.
HPISD Boundary Rezoning Committee:
“This has been an iterative process, and the end result is that we have a boundary map that we believe sets up all five elementary schools for success,” Committee Chairman Paul Rowsey said. “I truly appreciate both the way that our committee has gone about its work and the way our community has been involved in the process.”
The committee held seven meetings beginning in April. It has met weekly during the last four weeks to continue making adjustments to the plan. More than 800 comments were submitted through the district’s website that was then read by members of the committee.
The plan that will be submitted to the board used the following criteria developed at the beginning of the process:
- Attempt to evenly balance the numbers of K-4 students based on enrollment relative to building capacity, considering the number of sections, number of students, and percent of capacity.
- Create a boundary plan with long-term viability taking into account projected enrollment for at least 3-5 years.
- Create a boundary plan that provides efficiencies for operations (fiscal considerations).
- Create a boundary plan that provides contiguous attendance areas.
In addition, the committee took into consideration the following:
- Safety (i.e., traffic, crossing of major streets)
- Travel time for students
- Schools that foster a sense of community; seek to maintain as much continuity as possible with current attendance boundaries
- Community input
The committee will continue to review the maps prior to what is expected to be its final meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7 at Michael M. Boone Elementary School, 8385 Durham. Similar to previous meetings, it will be open to the public to attend and observe. The committee remains on target to make a recommendation for new elementary school boundaries to the HPISD Board of Trustees at its October 15 meeting.
Click here to learn more about the rezoning process, view minutes from previous meetings or to submit a comment to the committee for consideration. Comments received by 3 p.m. Friday, October 4 will be compiled and sent to committee members for review prior to the Oct. 7 meeting.
The next meeting will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the current Hyer Elementary School, 8385 Durham, and is open to the public to attend and observe.
- an individual who has made a significant contribution to society and/or education whose name will lend prestige and status to the school, and who has served HPISD or the local community, or;
- a place or geographical location that is significant to the Highland Park ISD community.
"This nomination process is an exciting opportunity for members of our community to have a say in suggesting names that should be considered. Given where we live, we are fortunate to have a wide variety of excellent options," HPISD School Board President Jim Hitzelberger said. "Since this is the first time for a new elementary school to be named in HPISD since 1948, we want to take time to carefully consider the name for the new school."
Boundary Rezoning Committee formed to begin studying new elementary attendance zones for Highland Park ISD
Publication date: March 20, 2019
Fifteen district residents have been selected to be part of a committee that will study and make recommendations to the HPISD Board of Trustees for new elementary school attendance boundaries to go into effect in the 2020-21 school year. The committee includes two volunteers from each current school attendance zone (eight total), two additional community members, as well as current and former trustees.
The Boundary Rezoning Committee will begin its work in April with the goal of making a recommendation for five elementary school boundaries, up from the existing four, to the Board in October 2019.
The committee members include:
Three HPISD administrators, Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Mike White and Chief of Staff Jon Dahlander will serve as ex-officio members.
"We were very pleased to have 60 people apply to serve on this committee, each of whom brought unique strengths to the process," Committee Chair and Trustee Paul Rowsey said. "I am confident that the individuals selected will be analytical, data-driven and approach our task with a district-wide perspective."
For the first time in its 105-year history, Highland Park ISD will have five elementary schools in operation. The newest campus, located at 8385 Durham, is scheduled to open as its own school beginning in the 2020-21 school year. The school is currently occupied by students and staff from Hyer Elementary, which will be rebuilt during the 2019-20 school year. The new school will be named this fall following a process that will allow the community to nominate prospective names.
The committee will begin its work in April and will allow the public to observe all of its meetings. The district will provide regular updates on the committee's work and post its minutes online. In addition, throughout the process, community members will have the opportunity to provide input and feedback through an online form.
"Since every elementary school boundary is going to be impacted, we believe it is important that the community have an opportunity to observe the process and provide feedback," Rowsey said. "We recognize that parents, students and residents will be watching closely and we want everyone to understand the rationale for decisions that will eventually be made."
As previously announced, students who will be in the fourth grade during the 2020-21 school year will be given the option of attending their current school or attending the new school to which they will be assigned as the result of the new school boundaries.
From February 1-18, 2019, the district will accept online applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve as representatives for each of the elementary schools on the Boundary Rezoning Committee. In addition to the eight parents who will be selected to represent the district's four existing elementary schools, the committee will include:
- Three Current trustees - Paul Rowsey, Stacy Kelly and Tom Sharpe
- Two former trustees - selected by trustees
- Two community members - selected by trustees
- Three HPISD administrators, Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Mike White and Chief of Staff Jon Dahlander will serve as ex-officio members.
The district is seeking individuals to serve on the Boundary Rezoning Committee who have a district-wide perspective and are analytical, data-oriented, level-headed and holistic. To avoid any potential conflicts of interest, only parents whose youngest child is currently in the second grade or older will be considered, since they will no longer be impacted by changes in district-wide elementary school boundaries. During the 2020-21 school year, fourth-grade students will be given the option of attending their current school or attending the new school to which they will be assigned as the result of the new school boundaries. Following the February 18 deadline to receive applications, elementary campus teams consisting of each principal, PTA president, PTA president-elect and Dads Club president will review and recommend no more than four applicants from each school to serve on the committee. Eventually, two parents from each elementary school will be selected by trustees.
The committee will begin its work in April and will allow the public to observe all of its meetings. The district will provide regular updates on the committee's work and post its minutes online. In addition, throughout the process, community members will have the opportunity to provide input and feedback through an online form. The committee's charge will be to develop a comprehensive, district-wide boundary plan for five elementary schools (Armstrong, Bradfield, Hyer, University Park and the newest elementary school located at 8385 Durham) to recommend to the Board of Trustees for its consideration in October 2019.
"This is the first time since Hyer opened in 1948 that HPISD has had such an extensive undertaking, and we do not expect it to be easy," Rowsey said. "It is important for everyone to know that there are no preconceived ideas at this point on where these new boundary lines will be drawn but that we have developed a fair and open process to complete that task."
- the elementary school they attended during third grade, or
- the elementary school to which they will be assigned in 2020-21
As an example, students who attend Hyer during 2019-20 as third-graders would have the option of attending either Hyer on Caruth as fourth-grade students in 2020-21 or the school to which they are assigned with their neighbors as the result of new attendance boundaries. The policy change is only for the 2020-21 school year and the exception for fourth-grade students does not extend to their siblings. This means that when new school boundary lines are drawn, students in grades K-3 will attend the school to which they are assigned, with a few exceptions as specified in the policy.