Keller Citizen

Keller ISD boundary changes proposed to ease crowding

Keller school district officials are looking at a number of boundary and feeder pattern tweaks for next fall, some a result of new buildings and additions funded by the 2014 bond and others to alleviate crowding.

KISD administrators plan to hold public hearings on the proposed changes in January and have trustees vote on them in February.

If approved, the new boundaries would impact about 3,000 students.

The new elementary school under construction in West Fork Ranch off Basswood Boulevard would take in all of Keller ISD west of Interstate 35W, under a proposal presented by Jeff Baker of Templeton Demographics to trustees at a Nov. 30 meeting,

Baker said the school should have about 425 students when it opens in 2016.

Basswood Elementary School and the new campus will have kindergarten through sixth grade for the 2016-17 year only. Basswood has fifth-graders this year.

The extra grade levels will alleviate crowding at Chisholm Trail Intermediate until the new fifth- through eighth-grade campus opens in 2017 at Old Denton and Thompson Road.

Baker expects the new elementary to fill up eventually.

“There could be a lot of single-family and multifamily homes on the west side of I-35 between Basswood and North Tarrant Parkway,” he said.

Baker suggested that the area around the new middle school be rezoned from Heritage Elementary to Basswood to even out enrollment.

Also in the Fossil Ridge feeder pattern in the southwest part of the district, officials recommended changing the feeder pattern for Bluebonnet Elementary from Parkwood Hill Intermediate and Hillwood Middle schools to Chisholm Trail Intermediate and Fossil Hill Middle schools.

Alleviate crowding

District administrators are adjusting the feeder pattern for students in the northern part of the Freedom Elementary attendance zone to reduce crowding at Timber Creek High School.

Instead of attending Trinity Meadows Intermediate, Trinity Springs Middle and Timber Creek, those students will attend Parkwood Hill, Hillwood and Central High School.

The change will mean Freedom students no longer have to split to different intermediate schools at fifth grade.

Also in the Timber Creek feeder pattern, demographers suggested moving students between Keller Hicks Road and Golden Triangle, just east of Beach Street, from Caprock Elementary to Independence Elementary.

Caprock is projected to get nearly 1,000 students by 2019 without any changes to its zone and Independence has space available, Baker said.

The neighborhoods affected are Big Bear Creek Meadows and Woodland Enclave.

In the Central High School feeder pattern, Baker suggested moving the Heritage Addition (northwest of Park Vista and Shiver Road) from crowded Lone Star Elementary to Friendship Elementary School.

Baker also recommended moving Parkwood Estates Addition, Parkway Hill Addition and Parkway at Park Glen (southwest of North Tarrant Parkway and Highway 377) out of Friendship Elementary and into Park Glen Elementary.

“I like that those students wouldn’t have to cross North Tarrant Parkway anymore,” said Trustee Cindy Lotton.

Adjusting for new facilities

District officials plan to move Liberty Elementary students to Bear Creek Intermediate and Whitley Road Elementary students to Parkwood Hill as they prepare for the conversion of South Keller Intermediate School into the Keller Center for Advanced Learning and making Indian Springs Middle School a fifth- through eighth-grade campus.

Bear Creek is getting a classroom addition to handle the added enrollment.

The southern part of the Willis Lane Elementary zone will go to Keller High School instead of Central High School, eliminating the split feeder pattern.

Superintendent Randy Reid said that families in all the areas where changes are proposed would have the option of remaining at their current campus or moving to the new one.

The adjustments get rid of split feeder patterns at six of seven campuses, leaving only Ridgeview Elementary split between Keller and Timber Creek.

For the new early learning center under construction just north of Chisholm Trail Intermediate, Baker suggested having prekindergarten students living in Fossil Ridge and Keller High attendance zones go to the new campus.

Central and Timber Creek zone students would stay at the current facility next to Timberview Middle School.

Sandra J. Engelland: 817-390-7323, @SandraEngelland