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Flower Mound council passes resolution regarding school rezoning PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 February 2013 19:19

The Flower Mound Town Council unanimously adopted a resolution addressing the school rezoning controversy at special meeting Friday afternoon.

Although the final decision on the elementary and middle school rezoning is the responsibility of Lewisville ISD Trustees, council members felt that their voices should be heard.

"When an issue arises that concerns our residents to the extent that this issue has, it is not only necessary, but it is our responsibility to weigh in," said councilman Bryan Webb.

In the resolution, town officials offer to assist Lewisville ISD with researching and developing scenarios that balances student population in a manner that least impacts residents. It also calls for the district to appoint a new committee with a broader scope and more data. Read the full text of the resolution here.

"This resolution does not tell LISD what to do. This resolution offers ideas and suggestions that came from our residents," said Webb.

"This resolution adds an additional voice for our residents. Anyone who would infer this resolution to be an insult towards LISD or the volunteers who are serving on the rezoning committees would be wrong. I respect everyone who is working to find the best solution.

“It is my hope that the district will hear the ideas of Flower Mound’s parents and residents; consider what they have offered, and find a way to incorporate their ideas into the ultimate decision.”

The second of two public meetings to discuss the four rezoning proposals currently on the table is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Lewisville High School Harmon Campus, 1250 West Round Grove Road (FM 3040), Lewisville, TX 75067.

 

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0 #17 KB 2013-02-18 12:36
Quoting Equality:
... Otherwise it's no solution at all. You are just moving the problems from one school to another.


The problem is not just the number of students, it is the percentage of utilization. For FMS to be at 90% capacity it needs to have 1,125 (it currently has 636 about 50% of capacity). Shadow Ridge has a maximum capacity of less than 900. McKamy has nearly 1,200 students, the 90% of capacity number is just over 1,000.

FMS is risking losing its exemplary status. That would impact ALL of our "property values"

McKamy and Shadow Ridge are in areas that have vast more undeveloped lots and can grow. FMS is basically "land locked" between the other two middle schools and the Lewisville boundary. There is no area for the FMS zone to grow. The only way the population is going to increase for FMS is to rezone.
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+16 #16 Equality 2013-02-12 07:46
I think the lines need to be redrawn to equalize the schools, but the school board needs to rethink the propositions. Both plans try to "fix" a school with 643 students and create a school with 533 or 597 students. How does that help? If a school can't possibly function with only 643 students, how can you expect another to function with 110 less. Most school funding is based on number of students not percentage capacity. Please redraw the lines to better equalize the schools. I know shadow ridge is a smaller school, but at least get Shadow Ridge above the current numbers at Forestwood. Otherwise it's no solution at all. You are just moving the problems from one school to another.
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+12 #15 FMPolitics 2013-02-11 05:43
@eric - True they have nothing to do with this decision. Probably thought they should give their 2 cents after the school board prez said they did. Funny watching the board try and duck and cover behind the council. Think this is just them trying to lob the bomb back over the wall. May want to save your incredulous.
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-8 #14 So True 2013-02-10 22:51
Quoting Eric:
I can't say I'm shocked, but I can say I'm incredulous. Why would the TOWN want to poke their nose into SCHOOL business? They have NOTHING to do with it and should butt out, they are only going to look like fools by "pretending" to be involved with this.


Amen Eric! First this council wants out of the school's business by removing the school criteria from Smart Growth and now they want back in the school's business, because they see a political opportunity. Election season gets kicked off earlier every year in FloMo.
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+17 #13 Take a Step Back 2013-02-10 11:40
First, let me say that 2499 is by no means a set of railroad tracks that divides the haves and have nots! It is an 8-lane highway where cars travel at no less than 40mph and is a major thoroughfare for this part of North Texas. What would our taxpayers think if 2499 became a school zone from 7:15 am to 8:45 am from 1171 to 3040 every school day?
Secondly, Forrestwood is an awesome school and I have no problem sending my children there but, only if I saw a rezoning proposal that made sense. LISD has made some bad choices with our tax dollars in the past and most parents just want them to stop and think about this rezone and come up with a solution that not only benefits the kids but is also an efficient use of taxpayer dollars. I am glad that our town stepped in to try and be part of the solution. Most families come to FM for the schools and if LISD starts rezoning kids out of their communities then families will go elsewhere where they can get proximity to their school.
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-5 #12 Eric 2013-02-10 10:49
I can't say I'm shocked, but I can say I'm incredulous. Why would the TOWN want to poke their nose into SCHOOL business? They have NOTHING to do with it and should butt out, they are only going to look like fools by "pretending" to be involved with this.
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+8 #11 What gives 2013-02-10 10:30
@Unfair Comparison - well said. I believe rezones in the past have been due to a new campus opening and to help increase the quality of life. (not sure about the attempt in 2011) When a new campus opens, lines should be drawn to promote community schools (which is advocated nationally, I believe.). This is the 1st I've heard that diminishes the value of community schools and quality of life for families in such a drastic measure. Plus, it puts kids who have to bus at a disadvantage from tutoring or after school activities. Why can't we promote open enrollment? FW is a great school - I know many who would self select because FW is so close to them and /or they value a smaller population on campus.
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+12 #10 Malcolm XXL 2013-02-10 08:26
Unfair - you missed my point. I was not arguing that the latest LISD proposal was correct, I was simply stating that the outcome may not be as awful as some parents seem to think and may in the long run prove beneficial for their children. But thanks for reminding me about Old Settlers - another of my kids' many alma maters.
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-8 #9 Unfair Comparison 2013-02-10 07:50
Malcolm XXL, the difference that you and your children experienced with each rezone is that it made sense as housing growth and population became denser in already establish neighborhoods in Flower Mound. Your children were zoned correctly. Sadly, ours will not be.



The parents woke up on January 24th to two very illogical boundary maps. LISD is splitting more elementary schools and could even carve Old Settlers three ways when they go to middle school. Children that can walk and bike to school today are being bussed to other schools much further away. While at the same time learning that there children are being displaced to make way for children who may live in Toll Bros. communities and Lakeside DFW.

While your statement is well taken that children can adjust, you have missed the point that this rezone makes no sense.
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+26 #8 Malcolm XXL 2013-02-09 19:18
I live in far western FM. When my kids were growing up they were always getting reallocated to the new school: Donald to Wellington; Forestwood to McKamy; and the brand new FMHS instead of Marcus. I was not happy about this when it was happening, but in retrospect I think it helped my kids learn how to adapt to change and expand their social circles, which undoubtedly helped them later in college and now in the workplace. Change is often not be as bad as it may seem at the time.
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