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Bryan plans to rezone schools by 2007

Bryan plans to rezone schools by 2007

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Bryan school administrators Monday outlined a preliminary plan for rezoning attendance boundaries across the district - a daunting task that hasn't been undertaken in over 15 years.

Administrators warned trustees that the process - set to be complete in May 2007 - would be expensive, arduous and likely draw at least a few disgruntled parents.

"This provides a new opportunity for us and some challenges as well," Assistant Superintendent Mike Kristynik told trustees at a board meeting.

The boundaries are being redrawn to include the new Rudder High School and Davilla Middle School - both part of the district's $104 million bond package. Elementary school lines also will be redrawn. District officials have realigned elementary school attendance boundaries three times in the past 12 years, but they haven't undertaken a district-wide revamp since 1990, Kristynik said.

The latest review will begin this summer as administrators - working with College Station-based Population and Survey Analysts - begin collecting extensive data on student attendance rates, population trends, future housing developments and growth patterns, Kristynik said.

Trustees will be asked to weigh rezoning issues such as the importance of neighborhood schools versus having a socioeconomic balance at each campus, Kristynik said. The board also must address transportation issues and decide if feeder patterns that funnel students from certain elementary schools into middle and high schools should be created.

"It's an opportunity for you to set a philosophy for our attendance zone planning effort. You tell us what is most important to you," Kristynik said.

A committee of up to 40 parents, educators and community members will be formed later this fall to review the issue, Kristynik said. Committee meetings will start in November and public hearings on the new lines will be in April 2007, according to a preliminary timeline.

The final zones should be complete by next May, but won't go into effect until August 2008, Kristynik said.

In other action Monday, trustees:

• Awarded construction contracts to RM Dudley Construction for minor renovations at Branch and Houston elementary schools. The projects are a part of the district's bond package. The contract for Houston was $933,500, slightly over the $900,000 budget.

The contract awarded for Branch was for $1.25 million, which is under the $1.3 million budget. But administrators said they likely would use that savings to renovate rundown restrooms. The restroom work originally was part of renovation plans, but had been removed to prevent the project from going over budget.

The contracts were approved 4 to 0. Trustees Merrill Green and Carl Hasan did not attend the meeting. Board President Chris Peterson, a lawyer, recused himself because he represents Dudley Construction.

• Tabled a vote on the temporary attendance boundaries designed to shuffle about 120 first and second grade students from overcrowded Milam Elementary to Jones Elementary. Kristynik said the new boundaries - which would only affect Milam and Jones - need minor tweaking.

• Approved a new evaluation process for Superintendent Mike Cargill and established five goals and accompanying objectives for him. Those include improving school ratings and ensuring bond projects are completed on schedule and under budget, as well as facilitating communication in the district and community. Ensuring positive and safe school climates and increasing parent and community involvement also are listed.


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