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Flower Mound mayor weighs in on school rezoning and SMARTGrowth concerns PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 16:13

Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden released the following statement Tuesday regarding the proposed rezoning of Lewisville ISD’s nine elementary and three middle schools that feed into Flower Mound High School as well as the town’s recent amendment to its SMARTGrowth program:

Over the last several days, members of the Flower Mound Town Council have received several notes and comments regarding the LISD’s proposed rezoning, and we are all very concerned about the impact this may have on many of our Town’s residents.  The Town Council is following the proposals carefully; however, any decisions regarding with School District rest solely with the LISD. 

Additionally, a few form letters have been received from residents expressing concerns that a recent amendment to the Town’s SMARTGrowth Program resulted in the LISD’s consideration of the realignment of school attendance zones in Flower Mound. In actuality, there is no link whatsoever between the two issues.

One of the initial components of the SMARTGrowth Program when it was adopted in 1999 was whether local public schools had adequate school capacity to accommodate students; however, at no time did the SMARTGrowth Program ever address school attendance zones since that issue legally is in the sole discretion of the school districts in the Town.  Since the adoption of the SMARTGrowth Program, all area public school districts have uniformly maintained that there is adequate school capacity for all planned or existing residential developments in the Town.

Prior to adoption of SMARTGrowth in 1999, as well as thereafter, the LISD has periodically and uniformly review school attendance zones throughout the district, and indeed have made several alterations in Flower Mound. These reviews occur regardless of any policy action by the Town Council relative to the school component of the SMARTGrowth Program.

Several years ago, a previous Town Council removed the state roadway component of the SMARTGrowth Program as it applied to service levels along highways.  Since the construction and funding of state roadways do not fall under the jurisdiction of Flower Mound, it was determined that requirement could place the town in legal jeopardy in the event a development project was denied due to a lack of state funding for highway construction.  Last year a similar discussion revolved around the School Portion of SMARTGrowth Program – since every school district in the Town had assured the Town that there was adequate school capacity to serve all existing and new development, the Town could face legal jeopardy if it denied a development project while at the same time the school districts were assuring the Town they would serve that development.  The Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the deletion of the school component from the SMARTGrowth Program, although The Town Council ultimately chose to only amend the wording of that section.  The school component portion of the SMARTGrowth Program actually furthers discussion and communication between the Town of Flower Mound and LISD (as well as districts in the Town) regarding education facilities - and without placing the town at undue legal risk.

Lastly, a few of our residents have inquired about a proposed Toll Brothers development along Flower Mound Road and what impact it would have on the school attendance zones.  Toll Brothers has met with many members of the community about the proposed neighborhood of approximately 200 homes. Some residents have indicated that 1600 new homes would be built, but Toll Bros. has only indicated to the town approximately 200 homes are under consideration.  Further, at this time no Toll Brothers development in this area is scheduled to come before Town Council and the project is only in the discussion phases.  This development has no impact on the current school attendance zones.

We understand to many of our residents this is an extremely important issue, and we are following it closely, visiting with school board members and the LISD superintendent to express concerns raised by our residents since any final decisions do not involve the Town of Flower Mound, but rather with officials of the LISD.  Please feel free to contact me if I can answer any further questions.

Thank You,

Tom Hayden
Mayor, Town of Flower Mound
214-384-1105

 

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+3 #57 ThanksMichael 2013-03-10 09:52
People who live on the west side want the best educational opportunities for ALL of our children. It is critical that children who attend Forestwood have their classes and programs reinstated, but LISD should not achieve this by displacing children who attend schools in close proximity of their current schools. If people who live near FMS had their children bused they would be upset too, and I would bet that the majority of these parents empathize with the parents who live on the west side whose lives could be negatively impacted by a possibly rezone.

It is only the minority who believe this class warfare garbage and this hateful way of thinking needs to thrown in the trash can where it belongs.
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+4 #56 Michael 2013-03-10 08:36
Quoting Liz:
Plenty of kids in Flower Mound take the bus or are driven and it doesn't effect home values. It is just an excuse because they don't want their kids to leave what they know and are comfortable with.

Liz - holy cow you are missing the point totally. Of course kids all over the country are bussed which does not affect homes values. However, I live .2 miles away from McKamy, and is the primary reason I bought the house. So you are telling me my value is not impacted that I am now 2.4 miles away from the school kids will attend? If you can show me another example of where kids living .2 miles away from a middle school and are being bussed to anotehr middle school, please show me.
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-10 #55 Sarah Mitchell 2013-02-09 14:46
I have been keeping up with all this rezoning mess. It seems that no one has brought up the fact that Flower Mound Elementary's boundaries are split by 2499. The mayor and city council doesn't seem concerned about the safety of those students. Is it because of their social economic status? It appears that all this fighting is just class warfare between the two sides of Flower Mound.
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+10 #54 Tall Blonde Guy 2013-02-06 23:19
FM Voters –Beware! Election Season Lunacy begins...Fringe NFL activists are looking, once again, to blur Flower Mound issues by trying to whip our gullible community into a frenzy. They are trying to connect Middle School redistricting to Smart Growth changes, really?? That's almost as far flung as gas well fumes harming school children a mile away...oh ya that worked once too. It's been awhile...How is air quality at Shadow Ridge MS? Haven’t heard of any problems, have you? Now parents actually WANT their kids at Shadow Ridge.

No more exaggerated, made up issues! Let’s not fall for this again!! We’re smarter now!!
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-8 #53 Loudnoise 2013-02-04 13:47
As a voter and a mother I'm actually appalled by alot of the behavior we have witnessed from adults using the school rezoning for political purposes. We can all see it. We will remember.
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-1 #52 FMPolitics 2013-02-04 12:13
Hmm. Former Mayor Northern and company frequently interpret people who don't agree with them as rude. If someone does disagree with her then the volume tends to increase. There is a lot of video tape on the Town website that demonstrates this. So I'm having a hard time believing that anyone was rude. By all accounts the Mayor and council member were well recieved and answered all questions. Again lets set the politics aside and get back to the issues at hand.
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-21 #51 @Harasser 2013-02-04 10:11
I was completely appalled by his behavior towards that lady, the red head lady from Shiloh area who disagreed with his comment about putting sewers in the conservation area, and the former Mayor. He owes all three of these ladies a public apology!
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-14 #50 @Concerned 2013-02-04 09:49
I was in attendance at the meeting and did not see the former Mayor interrupting but it was the current Mayor, Brian Webb, and the tall blond hair guy interrupting her. I believe she lives in Wellington and her children go to McKamy. Her comments which few people heard, due to the interruptions were not attacks but good questions. The one I heard over the interruptions was “Does LISD still receive their growth numbers from the Town? This is a good question since the Town Council denies any culpability. Let’s not change the focus from our children because a parent who has served this town has a valid question!
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-20 #49 Harasser 2013-02-04 09:11
It looked to me that the Mayor was very condesening to one of the residents that was there. I don't like the way he treats women so poorly.
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+20 #48 Concerned 2013-02-04 07:54
Mayor Hayden came and talked to Wellington residents Saturday morning. My impression is that he is listening and understands the stress of rezoning. The former mayor and another lady were in the audience interrupting him and attacking Flower Mound on policies and not the school rezoning. I thought the mayor did a good job.
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