A school district committee led by Assistant Superintendent Michael Hill will meet with parents Tuesday regarding campus boundary rezoning that could affect some 600 kids.Trustees are scheduled to vote Nov. 7 to change attendance boundaries for seven schools as a part of the effort to relieve overcrowding at east Arlington elementaries. Some children who attend Berry, Crow, Thornton and Roark will be assigned to Blanton, Knox or Rankin for the 2014-15 school year. The latter three schools will get additional classrooms and other renovations to make room for 200 extra students each.A boundary committee made up of the principal of each affected school and members of the community will meet with parents this week to talk about changes to the feeder pattern. Students will be assigned to new schools based on educational needs, transportation costs, distance from their homes and other factors. Exceptions will be made for students who enter the sixth grade in the 2014-15 academic year as well as their siblings. Transfer students from the 2013-14 school year will also be allowed to stay at their current schools.During Thursday’s board meeting, board President Bowie Hogg suggested that special circumstances also be taken into account as appropriate. Below is a list of important dates:• 6:30 p.m. Tuesday: open forum at Carter Junior High, 701 Tharp St.• 6:30 p.m. Thursday: open forum at Hutcheson Junior High, 2101 Browning Drive.• Oct. 24: boundary committee will review dialogue from forums and finish recommended boundary changes.• 7 p.m. Nov. 7: present new boundaries at board meeting at administration building, 1203 W. Pioneer Parkway.• Nov. 8: parents and guardians to receive letters about new changes. This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792 Twitter:@MonicaNagyFWST