Killeen: KISD prepares to redraw attendance zones

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The Killeen ISD is preparing to redraw attendance zones in anticipation of the opening of a new elementary school.

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A final attendance zone recommendation will be presented to the school board in March for approval.

On Tuesday, the district hosted the first of three meeting to get feedback from parents.

A second meeting was held Wednesday evening.

Maude Moore Wood Elementary School is scheduled to open in August, and the district is going to draw new attendance boundaries for students now attending Douse, Cedar Valley, Skipcha and Timber Ridge elementary schools.

The district says it’s rezoning because of overcrowding.

Some parents, such as Cynthia Wood, are concerned about the pending changes.

She says she bought a home in the Tuscany Meadows subdivision so her child could go to Skipcha Elementary.

"The same homebuilder had the same floor plans in another neighborhood in Killeen but we weren't as thrilled with test scores and reviews of those schools. We actually paid $50,000 to $60,000 more to be zoned in this area so our child could attend Skipcha," Wood said.

Killeen Superintendent Dr. John Craft assures parents their children will get the same level of education at the new campus.

"Socio-economic segregation is not in my vocabulary, it is not something that I really tolerate or promote and so ultimately every one of our students regardless of their home situation, regardless of their socioeconomic status, deserves every opportunity as just the same as their peers across the school district," Craft said.

The third meeting is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Cedar Valley Elementary School.