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PREFERRED ZONING OPTIONS

Elementary School No. 33’s preferred attendance zone will incorporate students from Mueller and Zwink. Who will attend Elementary School No. 33? The preferred attendance zone will incorporate eight neighborhoods.

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Spring ISD ninth-grade centers slated to open third quarter of 2020 Spring ISD’s ninth-grade centers for Spring, Dekaney and Westeld high schools are under construction and slated for completion by the third quarter of 2020—in time for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Funded by a $330 million bond approved by voters in 2016, the centers are expected to accommodate 900 students each. Each location will be adjacent to its respective main high school campus.

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Klein ISDoers preferred elementary school zone option

BY ADRIANA REZAL

of the meeting, concerns over the rezoning’s eect on school programs, such KISD’s Two-Way Bilingual Pathway program, were raised. The dual-language program, imple- mented by the district two years ago, is currently oered at Brill, Kaiser, Klenk and Zwink elementaries. Jennifer Trillsch, a parent of a student enrolled in the dual-language program at Brill, said its enrollment comes with a six-year commitment by both the parent and student enrolled, as students participate from kindergarten to fth grade. “Picking up and moving that program to another school or another neighborhood would really aect the stability of the program, and send a message about how [Klein ISD] values that program,” Trillsch said. Robertson said programs such as these were put into consideration

when choosing the preferred option. As the only dual-language elementary school aected by the preferred zoning option, Robertson said the program at Brill is expected to remain intact. “We have considered—in drawing our attendance boundaries—programs for dual-language bilingual programs, special ed programs and future pre-K requirements that would be reective in these numbers in the future,” Robertson said. Public zoning committee meetings were held by KISD on Oct. 30 and Nov. 4, during which seven rezoning options were presented to the public and the board of trustees. After conducting a review of pub- lic feedback, a nal recommended zoning plan will be presented for the board’s approval at the Feb. 10 board meeting at 6 p.m.

Klein ISD presented a preferred elementary school rezoning option at the Dec. 9 board meeting that could alleviate future overcrowding, but raised concern over the stability of certain school programs. The rezoning comes in preparation for the upcoming unnamed Elemen- tary School No. 33, which is slated to open in fall 2020. According to Robert Robertson, KISD’s associate superintendent of facility and school services, the new campus opening is expected to aect the attendance boundaries of other elementary schools in the district and can therefore be utilized to alleviate future overcrowding. “We should take the opportunity to balance out our enrollment at these other [elementary] schools,” he said. During the public comment portion

Lone Star College to begin oering bachelor’s degree programs in 2020 Lone Star College System ocials announced Dec. 10 that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges had approved LSCS to begin oering select four-year degree programs. Starting in fall 2020, LSCS will oer a Bachelor of Applied Technology in cybersecurity at LSC-Westway Park Technology Center; a Bachelor of Science in nursing at LSC-Montgomery; and a Bachelor of Applied Science in energy, manufacturing and trades at LSC-University Park and North Harris.

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