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Grapevine-Colleyville adjusts school boundaries

05/07/2012 11:02 PM

05/08/2012 7:18 AM

GRAPEVINE -- Grapevine-Colleyville school trustees approved redrawn 2012-13 attendance boundaries for Silver Lake, Cannon and Dove elementary schools Monday, sending about 120 Silver Lake students to the other schools to relieve overcrowding.

About 100 students will go to Dove, and the others to Cannon.

The vote was 5-1, with trustee Becky St. John voting no. Trustee Jesse Rodriguez was absent.

Trustees and staffers expressed surprise that no one was present to speak against the boundary adjustments. The district had held parent meetings and collected surveys since February to find out parents' concerns.

"More people were worried about middle and high school boundaries than the elementaries," school spokeswoman Megan Overman said. "Another thing they said was 'Can you phase it in?' but we need the overcrowding relief now, with projections showing about 67 new students due to enter Silver Lake in the fall."

Four classes will be added at Dove to accommodate the increase. The school's enrollment will increase to 600 from this year's 500. Silver Lake's enrollment, which is about 750 now, would drop to about 630 in the fall.

Dove will gain 30 to 40 more students over the next few years from a new apartment complex being built at Turner Road and Boyd Drive, which was originally planned for the Silver Lake attendance zone. Students living in apartments near Grapevine Mills will also be transferred to Dove.

All fifth-graders will be allowed to stay at Silver Lake, as well as all dual-language program students. Siblings of these students will also be allowed to stay.

Boundaries were adjusted by the district staff and demographers who studied the impact on families, number of students in each area, enrollment trends and projections, proximity to schools and bus routes, facility capacities and staffing figures, specialty programs and parent feedback.

"One of the things we heard from parents was concern that their children were being displaced by students in the new apartment complex," said Paula Barbaroux, chief operations officer. "It's easier to move a place that's not leased yet than to move students who are already settled."

The transferring students' future middle and high school attendance zones will not be affected by the boundary adjustment, though Barbaroux said the district will continue to study whether a change could be warranted later.

"I just don't like 'noncontiguous' -- all these little pockets of things," St. John said about the two islands of apartments that are now in the Dove attendance zone instead of Silver Lake.

"Our children are very resilient. It can be a positive situation," Superintendent Robin Ryan said about the move. "The good news is we have three great schools there."

Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657

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