Belton: School board approves new attendance boundaries

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BELTON, Texas Belton Independent School District approved a new attendance boundary with a six to one vote Monday night.

After five committee meetings and numerous public forums to get feedback from the community, school officials were able to agree on one plan as proposed by the administration.

Belton ISD will see the opening of a new elementary school in the fall and a new middle and high school in 2020.

Charter Oak Elementary will help relieve students from several schools from the northeast part of the district. Officials say 400-500 students are expected to fill the school when it opens.

“These new attendance boundaries keep subdivisions together to the greatest extent possible, make the best use of our buildings to reduce overcrowding and facilitates the most efficient transportation routes across the district,” Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon said in a press release. “A review by the district’s demographers indicated that approximately 15 percent of elementary school students will be impacted by the changes.”

When students at Lakewood Elementary finish their fifth-grade year, in 2020 they will either go to Belton or Lake Belton middle schools.

With the opening of a new high school in 2020, boundaries for the school will be split by the river. Students north of the river are zoned for the new high school, with students south of the river going to the current Belton High School.

School board members did say there will be options for students and parents for a transfer. Details about a transfer will be forthcoming on the district’s website.