Lake Travis ISD redrawing attendance zones for second time in 6 years

Travis County

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Some students at Lake Travis ISD will be changing school this fall, whether their families moved or not.

The school district is redrawing attendance zones for both middle and elementary schools because so many people are moving into the area, and now the committee in charge of planning wants to hear from parents about two proposals to move attendance lines.

This is the second time LTISD is redrawing zones in recent years. District leaders say they’re seeing very high growth — between 2.5 and 6 percent each of the last several years — and they don’t have a choice. A new middle school will open this fall and a new elementary school will open in 2020.

“We’ve got to plan… not just for the coming year, ’19-’20, but years beyond,” Marco Alvarado, LTISD’s director of communications, said.

The district will host two meetings this week to hear feedback from parents on the proposals, on Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Lake Travis High School Performing Arts Center. Parents can also submit their thoughts through this online form.

LTISD has heard concern from some parents already about breaking up neighborhoods and increasing travel times for their students. Alvarado said that’s why they’re gathering input through the end of this week, to make changes to the proposals. “These are not final in any way,” he said of the maps.

The middle school rezoning will go into effect this fall, and elementary attendance zones will change in the fall of 2020. For now, the district does not have any plans to add a second high school.

“We’re not at capacity yet,” Alvarado said. “Likely the next bond that we have in another four or five years from now, there will likely be a discussion for some sort of secondary facility — whether that’s a freshman-sophomore center, junior-senior facility, we don’t know.”

Parents can also expect the district to redraw school zones yet again within the next several years. The current maps are based on a demographer’s 10-year growth projection, Alvarado said, so “we figure about another five or six years before we have to probably go back to the drawing board and do these again.”

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