2014 Elementary and Junior High Campus Rezoning Information
Waxahachie ISD continues to experience continued enrollment growth at the elementary level. Since 2009, Waxahachie ISD has grown by nearly 1,000 students from 6,924 students in 2009 to 7,817 students in 2013. Currently, Waxahachie ISD has 3,639 elementary students enrolled in the district with Dunaway, Northside, and Shackelford Elementary lacking any additional new classroom space. With this growth comes the need to reconfigure our campuses and subsequently redraw campus attendance boundaries. In October 2013, the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of the administration to reconfigure Marvin Elementary to house Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) through Fifth Grade beginning August 2014. Utilizing Marvin Elementary as a full elementary campus will enable the district to add an additional 396 elementary seats and eliminate overcrowding in several of the district’s elementary campuses. With the new campus reconfiguration, the need to restructure elementary campus attendance zones will come. Additionally, some junior high zones may also be affected. This page will serve as information for students, parents, staff and community members regarding the impending redrawing of campus attendance zones.
October 2013: Board of Trustees Approve Reconfiguration of Marvin Elementary to Pre-K through 5th Grade
February 2014: Board Approves District Demographer
March 17, 2014: Board of Trustees Rezoning Study Session
March 25, 2014: Community Forum for Rezoning Process. WHS Fine Arts Center. 7:00 p.m.
March 27, 2014: Community Forum for Rezoning Process. WHS Fine Arts Center. 7:00 p.m.
March 31, 2014: Community Forum for Rezoning Process. WHS Fine Arts Center. 7:00 p.m.
(PLEASE NOTE: Date Revised from March 26 to March 31)
April 14, 2014: Board of Trustees Considers Approval of the Final Rezoning Plan
April 15 - August, 2014: District Educates Parents and Community on New Attendance Lines
The current rezoning plan includes the following grandfathering clause:
Students currently in grades two, three, and four may elect to stay at their current elementary campus or attend their new elementary campus; however, transportation will not be provided if the student chooses to stay at their current elementary campus.
Students in grades kindergarten and first grade will move to the new elementary campus attendance zones. The new plan will not require them to move again.
Students currently in grade five who will be in sixth grade next year will move to the new junior high campus attendance zones.
Younger siblings will not be grandfathered.
Junior High Students
Students currently in grades six and seven may elect to stay at their current junior high campus or attend their new junior high campus; however, transportation will not be provided if the student chooses to stay at their current junior high campus.
Students in grade eight will move to the Ninth Grade Academy or to Waxahachie Global High.
Younger siblings will not be grandfathered.
Campus Rezoning Map
Proposed Elementary Campus Attendance Zones (Revised 4.2.14)
Proposed Junior High Campus Attendance Zones
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How will grandfathering help with rezoning?
The district has taken into account enrollment growth over the next five years and has spread out and dropped enrollment at each campus to account for those who elect to be grandfathered.
Will siblings be grandfathered?
No. **Update - Please see the information below regarding the Community Forum Results.
How do you plan to staff Marvin Elementary?
The district will adhere to staffing guidelines as set forth in WISD Administrative Regulation DK. This includes giving staff the option to transfer to Marvin if they so choose. Remaining staff will be filled with new positions to the district and/or other staff members from across the other six elementary campuses. The district will also ensure that experienced teachers will be located at Marvin and will also offer the same programs (Gifted and Talented, Dyslexia, etc.) that all other elementary campuses house.
Is this the only rezoning map?
Yes. This will be on the only map. Should you have questions/concerns, we urge you to attend one of our Community Rezoning Forums or contact the Superintendent’s office at 972.923.4631.
How long will this new rezoning plan last?
The new rezoning plan is expected to last four to five years.
How can we see a copy of the Rezoning Forum PowerPoint?
Public Forum PowerPoint from Tuesday, March 25, 2014
**Please Note: This PowerPoint is a working document and is subject to change.
Elementary and Junior High Rezoning Community Forum Results
After conducting three community forums regarding rezoning and presenting the new elementary and junior high campus attendance zones, the following topics are under consideration by Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn:
Ross Avenue Dividing Line
In the proposed rezoning plan, those students residing north of Ross Avenue and west of Hwy. 77/Ferris Avenue will attend Northside Elementary and those students living south of Ross Avenue and west of Hwy. 77/Ferris Avenue will attend Marvin Elementary. After reviewing the data, including enrollment numbers, socio-economic percentages, and proximity to schools, it will be the Superintendent’s recommendation to the Board of Trustees to leave the Ross Street dividing line where it stands in the proposed campus rezoning plan.
Grandfathering of Siblings Currently in Grades Kindergarten and First Grade
In the proposed rezoning plan, the district will grandfather all current second, third, and fourth graders. These students may elect to stay at their current elementary campus or attend their new elementary campus; however, district transportation will not be provided if the student chooses to stay at their current elementary campus. Many of the grandfathered students have siblings in either kindergarten or first grade – approximately 86 students - and the plan calls for these students to attend their new elementary campus attendance zone. After reviewing the data and determining that only 86 students would be affected, Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn will make the recommendation to the Board of Trustees to allow these 86 students to remain at their current elementary campus along with their siblings; however, once again, district transportation will not be provided.
Rezoning of Katy Lake
In the proposed rezoning plan, students residing in the Katy Lake subdivision were to be zoned to Northside Elementary from Wedgeworth Elementary. After reviewing the data, including enrollment numbers, socio-economic percentages, proximity to schools, as well as listening to community input, it will be the Superintendent’s recommendation to the Board of Trustees to leave the Katy Lake subdivision at Wedgeworth Elementary.
Please Note: The final decision resides with the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees. The board will vote on the new attendance zones and grandfather clause guidelines on Monday, April 14, 2014 during the regularly scheduled board meeting.
Board Approves Reconfiguration of Marvin Elementary (October 2013)
Board of Trustees Approve District Demographer (February 2014)