Citing overcrowding at McKinney Boyd High School, McKinney ISD is set to rezone several areas of the city to get the school under capacity.
This was discussed at length Tuesday night, as the process of rezoning McKinney’s high schools took one big step forward. The school board was briefed on the district’s first draft of the new zoning map, which can be viewed below.
At Tuesday evening’s MISD Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. J.D. Kennedy talked to the board members about the new map. Calling the map a “draft” and a “first shot at this,” Dr. Kennedy told the board that this new map would “keep the kids in walking distance to the high schools” and has the potential to decrease the amount of bus routes needed by the district. The new map is shown below.
Under the current proposal, some of the proposed zoning changes are:
- An area south of University Drive to Bois D’Arc Road and between F.M. 1461 and U.S.75 would be rezoned from McKinney North to Boyd
- An area south of Virginia Parkway to North Brook Drive and west of U.S. 75 would be rezoned from Boyd to McKinney High
- The northern boundary of McKinney High’s zone between U.S. 75 and Highway 5 would be moved further north, from just south of Rockhill Road to Louisiana Street
- A small area south of Standifer Street between Railroad Street and Joyce Way would be rezoned from Boyd to McKinney High
- An area north of Eldorado Parkway between Ridge Road and Hardin Boulevard would be rezoned from Boyd to McKinney High
Dr. Kennedy also recommended that the district should allow “grandfathering” for any high school students who would be affected by the zoning change. This would allow the affected students to remain at their current high school for their entire high school career. “I recommend that we grandfather deeply,” Dr. Kennedy told the board.
As part of the district’s proposed “deep grandfathering” Dr. Kennedy also suggested that siblings should be allowed to remain together at the same school while the older sibling is in high school. “As long as there is an unbroken chain, where the older sibling is there, I will recommend that the younger child go there as well,” Dr. Kennedy said.
Kennedy added that if the students choose to grandfather into their current school, the district will not provide bus transportation to their current school because the students would now be outside of that school’s bus routes. If approved, it would become the student’s (or their parents’) responsibility to provide transportation to the student’s current school.
Kennedy told the board that the district has done attendance projections for all three high schools with and without grandfathering. If none of the current students take the grandfathering option, the 2014 attendance figures for each school would be:
- McKinney High – 2,997 students
- McKinney North – 1,803 students
- McKinney Boyd – 2,550 students
If all of the affected students took the grandfathering option, the projected attendance at each school would be:
- McKinney High – 2,252 students
- McKinney North – 2,182 students
- McKinney Boyd – 2,995 students
If all of the students take the grandfather option, it will put Boyd just below its capacity of 3,000 students. Boyd’s current attendance is 3,030 students. Kennedy said that Boyd’s enrollment would subsequently decrease as the grandfathered students graduate. This will allow for more room at Boyd to accommodate a projected future increase in students due to expected housing developments in Boyd’s zoned area.
Several MISD parents spoke at the board meeting and expressed their concern over the zoning map’s potential to split up the students of several elementary schools, with some students going to one high school and others to another school. Under the current proposal, students from Wolford Elementary and Walker Elementary could each be split between Boyd and McKinney High.
MISD Chief Communications Officer Cody Cunningham said the district will be posting a forum on its website so parents can post questions or concerns about the rezoning. Parents will also have the opportunity to speak directly about rezoning with the district’s administration during a telephone town hall on Jan. 14.
Kennedy said that the district would take all of those concerns into consideration before finalizing the zoning map before students register for classes in February. “We try to keep neighborhoods together,” he said.
The current zoning map is below.