Belton: BISD hosts forums on proposed attendance boundaries

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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) The Belton ISD hosted the first of three public forums Tuesday evening on proposed attendance boundaries.

District officials say with the construction of two new schools and changing one of its existing schools into the district's fourth middle school they are wanting to hear feedback from parents.

“Bringing new schools on obviously means that we need to change our attendance boundaries and we’ve been working to do that to come up with some map recommendations and the board has a vision this is an open and inclusive process,” Belton Superintendent, Dr. Susan Kincannon said.

By summer 2019, the new Charter Oak Elementary, will open and the following year Lake Belton High School will be ready to house new students.

“Essentially we are opening an elementary, a middle and a high school the drawing of these attendance boundaries is significant because we’re virtually touching every part of the district so all of our students and families are impacted,” Kincannon said.

The forum will explain in detail two proposed maps that were selected by the Attendance Boundaries Committee.

Some parents at Tuesday’s meeting were concerned on how the changes could affect student’s part of the after school programs.

‘My concern is for those students that want to do athletics that they will no longer be able to do athletics because they will be at a farther distance and they will not be able to walk home, they won’t be able to ride their bike home. Parents may not have vehicles or transportation. That might limit our students that currently go south Belton middle school that might be able to do athletic programs,” parent Robin Shadrick said.

Forums on the proposals will also be held at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Pittenger Fine Arts Center.