2020-2021 Mott Boundary/Program Adjustments

Frequently Asked Questions (updated 3/1/2020)

 

  • What are the new program moves and adjustments that were approved for VMES?

 

The board approved the following five changes for VMES:

  1. Close campus to future transfers, and adjust existing student transfers, with the exception of students of employees 
  2. Cap and transfer future students (effective March 1) that move into the neighborhoods of Carmel, Sorento, Blackhawk (area off Speidel Dr. between the green belt and Hodde Rd.), and Vine Creek
  3. Relocate the Pegasus Program from VMES to Riojas Elementary School
  4. Relocate the Dual Language Program (PK-5) from VMES to Riojas Elementary School
  5. Adjust the VMES boundary and send some current VMES zoned students to RLES (area between Jake’s Hill Rd. and the green belt)

 

  • What are the new program moves and adjustments that were approved for CMS?

 

The board approved the following changes for CMS:

  1. Close campus to future transfers, and adjust existing transfers for students, with the exception for employees’ students
  2. Cap and transfer future students that move into the neighborhoods of Carmel, Sorento, and Vine Creek
  3. Adjust the CMS boundary and send impacted current CMS zoned students to PCMS (Bohl’s Place)
  4. Adjust the CMS boundary and send impacted current CMS zoned students to DMS (area south of Wells Branch Pkwy, north of Howard Ln plus the additional area of future planned development)

  

  • What does “adjust existing transfers” mean?

 

VMES and CMS are currently a closed campuses for student transfers.  They will both remain closed for 2020-2021. In addition we will not renew the transfers for students who are attending VMES and CMS in 2019-2020 on a student transfer, but do not reside in the VMES and CMS zones respectively.  There are two exceptions to this. Students that are children of employees and on a transfer will be allowed to remain at VMES and CMS. Students that are on a programmatic transfer for Special Education will be allowed to remain at VMES and CMS.

 

  • What is “Cap and Transfer”?

 

Cap and Transfer is a process whereby we take ‘new to PfISD’ students that move into new homes in selected neighborhoods after a predetermined date (March 1) and reassign them from CMS/VMES where we do not have space to other campuses where we do have  the ability to have space.   For VMES, The Board elected to a cap and transfer option for future students in three neighborhoods that will go into effect on March 1. As a result of this, any new homes closing after this date in the neighborhoods of Carmel, Sorento, Vine Creek and Blackhawk (the area off Speidel Dr. between the green belt and Hodde Road) may be zoned to attend other PfISD Elementary Schools. New homes closing after March 1 in Carmel will be zoned to Brookhollow Elementary. New homes closing after March 1 in Sorento and Vine Creek will be zoned to Pflugerville Elementary. New homes closing after March 1 in the identified Blackhawk area will be zoned for Rowe Lane Elementary. For CMS, The Board elected to enforce a cap and transfer option for future students that move into the neighborhoods of Carmel, Sorento and Vine Creek that will go into effect on March 1. As a result of this, any new homes closing in the neighborhoods of Carmel, Sorento, and Vine Creek after March 1 will be zoned to attend Kelly Lane Middle School.  New residents are encouraged to call the district to verify their zoned elementary campus.

 

  • When will the new program moves and adjustments go into effect?

 

Cap and Transfer will begin as of March 1, 2020.  All other changes will go into effect beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.

  

  • How can I find out if my address has been affected by the recent boundary adjustments and program changes?

 

The district website will soon be updated with new maps.  In the meantime, questions regarding cap and transfer and student transfers can be directed to the office of Student Affairs (512-594-0005).  Questions regarding Dual Language can be directed to the Multilingual Department (512-594-0101). Questions regarding the Pegasus Program can be directed to the Special Education Department (512-594-0160).  Questions regarding new boundaries can be directed to 512-594-0000.

  

  • How can I find out if my address is impacted by Cap and Transfer?

 

Questions regarding cap and transfer and student transfers can be directed to the office of Student Affairs (512-594-0005).

  

  • When will elementary school #22 open?

 

Elementary #22 is scheduled to open in August  2021. Elementary #23 is likely to open Aug 2022.
 

  • When will the new middle school open?

 

Middle School #7 is scheduled to open August 2021
 

  • Why are we considering adjustments for VMES and CMS for next year?

Currently, VMES and CMS are overenrolled. Daily operations and instructional programming are adversely impacted by this over enrollment. Fast-growth districts often use boundary and program adjustments to address student growth.
 

  • What measures were taken to help PfISD prepare for the growth east of Mott Elementary School and Cele Middle School?  

 

The District worked closely with its demographer to assess projections and adjusted the build timeline for elementary #23. Additional structures, staffing, and resources were redirected to support the unprecedented growth experienced this year at VMES and CMS.

 

  • What is the thinking behind the consideration of moving the Dual Language program from VMES to Riojas?

 

Fast-growth districts often use boundary and program adjustments to address student growth. The Dual Language Program adjustment allows us to move our students and teachers altogether. Also, VMES will continue to experience rapid growth as that part of the community continues to develop. Moving the program will also allow us to insulate the program from this rapid growth and provide stability.


 

  • What will happen to the Spanish Immersion Program when the Dual Language program moves from Mott Elementary to Riojas Elementary?

 

Currently, the Spanish Immersion Program is under independent review.  This review will be completed this spring. This review will be the driver behind any changes that are made to the Spanish Immersion program.

 

  • Bohl’s Place was moved from the PCMS zone to the CMS zone three years ago.  What is the rationale for looking at moving Bohl’s Place to the PCMS zone next year?

 

Bohl’s Place is located near three other middle school attendance zones. In looking ahead at the rezoning for Middle School 7, it is unlikely that Bohl’s place will remain zoned to Cele Middle School due to its distance from the Cele Middle School campus and its close proximity to other middle school campuses. 

 

  • Currently, Bohl’s Place students go from PES to CMS to WHS.  If Bohl’s Place is moved to PCMS, how will this impact the feeder pattern for these students?
    As any potential boundary moves are considered, many things are reviewed, including potential feeder pattern changes.  No feeder pattern changes have been decided, at this time. As considerations for moving Bohl’s Place students from CMS to PCMS, no shift of students to another high school have been considered.  As any boundary changes are considered, grandfathering policies and procedures will also be considered. As our city and school district continue to experience growth, feeder patterns will continue to be reviewed and any possible changes will be made with the consideration of many variables - with the long-range impacts being at the forefront.   

  

  • How is community input being communicated to the board of trustees?

 

Our board members are being briefed frequently on our community meetings and community feedback. They have received access to all of the public comments for their review and records.

 

  • How will students with special needs be impacted by these proposed changes?

 

As all options are being discussed for any programmatic move, the impact on students is a key point of consideration.  If any specialized program is moved to another campus from VMES, the students’ peer group and current staff serving the students in the specialized programs will most likely be moved along with the program being moved.  This will ensure the continuity of the services and the social supports needed by all students.

 

  • What would be the impact on VMES if no changes were made?

 

Operational and instructional practices will be adversely impacted. VMES will be 75% over capacity by the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Currently, VMES is experiencing challenges with lunch sizes, arrival and dismissal processes, hallway transitions, recess access, to mention a few.
 

  • What would be the impact on CMS if no changes were made?

 

Operational and instructional practices will be adversely impacted. CMS will be 15% over capacity by the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Currently, CMS is experiencing challenges with lunch sizes, arrival and dismissal processes, hallway transitions, restroom access, to mention a few.

  

  • Why can’t the construction for the new elementary school #22 and middle school #7 be expedited quicker to allow for earlier movement and relief for VMES and CMS?

 

The school facility consists of not only the physical structure and the variety of building systems, such as mechanical, plumbing, electrical and power, telecommunications, security, and fire suppression systems. The facility also includes furnishings, materials and supplies, equipment and information technology, as well as various aspects of the building grounds, namely, athletic fields, playgrounds, areas for outdoor learning, and vehicular access and parking. If these processes are to take place properly and within the compliance of federal, state, city and community regulations and laws, as well as maintain a focus on what is best for our students, cutting corners or trying to rush construction is not feasible.


 

  • Why are only Dual Language Programs and Special Education programs being moved to another campus?

 

We considered other programs and students in addition to these two programs.  We have reviewed every program offered at VMES. We have also considered both student transfer adjustments and boundary adjustments, as well.  In looking at the five options approved for alleviating enrollment at VMES, two of them involve transfer adjustments, two of them involve programs, and the remaining option involve a boundary adjustment. 

 

  • Will current 7th graders for CMS be considered for grandfathering?

 

Students who currently reside in the Bohl’s place neighborhood have been approved for “grandfathering”  for 2020-2021. Rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders (ie current 5, 6 and 7th) in Bohl’s Place are grandfathered to attend Cele next year.  There will be an opportunity for Bohl’s Place students to complete the transfer request and we will send special communication about that to Bohl’s place parents with students in those grades.  In the 2021-22 school year, we will administratively allow the transfer to continue by request with Bohl’s Place getting priority to Cele or MS #7. Just as with all transfers, there is no bus transportation though. No special accommodations or grandfathering was approved for any other neighborhoods.

 

  •  What members of the PfISD staff served on the staff Boundary Committee?

 

The following personnel served on the staff Boundary Committee: Chief Academic Officer, Area Executive Director to Support Teaching and Learning (Hawk Learning Community), Area Executive Director to Support Teaching and Learning (Wolf Learning Community), Executive Director of Facilities and Support Services, Executive Director of Special Programs, Principal of Mott Elementary, Principal of Cele Middle School, Principal of Murchison Elementary, Executive Director of Student Services, Executive Director of Transportation, Director of Multilingual Instruction, Director of Special Education, Director of Federal Programs, and the Director of Student Data and Demographics.  Cabinet advisors to the committee included: Chief of Staff, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Communications Officer

 

 

  • How was community input and feedback solicited during the process?

 

To solicit community input, suggestions ,questions, and feedback, PfiSD held three open community meetings on January 29, January 30, and February 3rd.  Additionally, the district has created a webpage where information regarding the proposed changes can be found and where members of the public can submit comments/questions online.  Community feedback was also solicited from the District Academic Advisory Council and from the Superintendent's Advisory Council at their January meetings.