March 25, 2013

Attendance zones are redrawn for two Grapevine-Colleyville elementary schools

The changes are necessitated by new residential development in Euless.

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GRAPEVINE -- The attendance zones of two more Grapevine-Colleyville elementary schools have been changed, primarily because of new residential development in Euless.

School trustees voted Monday night to alter the attendance zones of Heritage and O.C. Taylor elementary schools.

Last month, they redrew attendance zones for Grapevine and Bear Creek elementaries to alleviate overcrowding. The district has had to seek several waivers this year from the Texas Education Agency to allow it to exceed the 22-to-1 student-teacher ratio mandated for elementary schools.

The latest switch, however, is a matter of new housing in the Heritage attendance zone, which has more young students than O.C. Taylor's.

The new Station 2800 at Glade Parks urban lofts under construction in Euless are in the attendance zones of Heritage Elementary School, Colleyville Middle School and Colleyville Heritage High School.

The district anticipates a gain of 20 students from Station 2800, a 412-unit development.

"We realized we'd have to make adjustments before these homes were built," said Superintendent Robin Ryan.

Trustees voted to switch those students to O.C. Taylor, where enrollment is declining.

The change is not expected to have much effect on class sizes at either school.

By making the change, the district protects available enrollment capacity at Heritage if the enrollment at Bear Creek and Grapevine elementaries exceeds their capacity in the future, according to board material.

Taylor's current enrollment is 44 students less than Heritage and is expected to decline. Students from Station 2800 would still attend Colleyville Middle School and Colleyville Heritage High School.

Other district business Monday involved the naming of new programs and facilities.

The district's new virtual school, which can accept k-12 students online from all over the state, will be called iUniversity Prep, a Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Virtual Academy.

Funding was approved last month.

Two new staff members for the academy were introduced, including director Kaye Rogers and counselor Stacy Heath.

Trustees also heard name suggestions for the expanded career and technology program, which is being built onto Grapevine High School.

A district stakeholders committee will pare the ideas to five, and trustees will pick one next month. They are still taking name suggestions from the public.

Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657

Twitter: @startelegram

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