Killeen: School board gives green light to new attendance zones

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) With the opening of a new elementary school just months away, the largest school district in Central Texas approved a new rezoning plan Tuesday night.

In a seven to zero vote, Killeen ISD board members voted to implement new attendance zones for the 2019-20 school year.

With Maude Moore Wood Elementary set to welcome students for the first time in August, officials say rezoning is part of the process.

“That’s part of the pain of opening a new campus, but at the end of the process, it really benefits all of our students,” Superintendent Dr. John Craft said.

Craft says the new school will help relieve overcrowding.

“This campus will be open to relieve Skipcha Elementary School, Timber Ridge Elementary School, but also allow growth at Douse Elementary School, which we just opened last year,” Craft said.

A shuffling of students which included community meetings to get input.

“We held three at the three campuses. We wanted to hear from the parents and their concerns,” he said.

The concerns from parents were heard by the district. Before submitting the final rezoning plan, a change was made to allow parents in Tuscany Meadows (Zone 276), the opportunity to apply for a special transfer. The special transfer would allow their child to stay at Skipcha Elementary, with the only caveat of parents providing their own transportation.

Currently, if you live in any of these zones, you will be affected: 238, 240, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 268, 270, 271 and 276.

With the district expanding at a rapid pace, there are more schools opening on the horizon. The process with Maude Moore Wood Elementary a learning tool for the future.

“The lesson learned is to listen and try and incorporate feedback into the recommendation and ultimately to the board so we are making the best decision for our students,” Craft said.

Information on the special transfer request is expected to be sent to parents and posted to Killeen ISD’s website within the coming weeks.