How will the district provide space for students if voters do not approve the bond?
If voters do not approve the bond, the district anticipates taking a number of steps to include the following.
- The district will call together a group of community and staff members to redraw elementary attendance zones prior to the 2021-2022 school year to redistribute students. In the 2021-2022 school year, the enrollment at Walsh Elementary School is expected to be 150% of the school’s maximum capacity, so it will be necessary to shift attendance zones. (Please note that, if voters approve the bond, the district will call together an attendance zone committee together to revise attendance zones due to the addition of Elementary School #6 and Middle School #2. See FAQ about the attendance rezoning process).
- Since Aledo Middle School enrollment is projected to exceed maximum capacity next school year (2020-2021), some students attending AMS will be shuttled to McAnally Intermediate for some of their coursework/school day so that capacity at McAnally can be used to augment the lack of available capacity at AMS. The plan for this use of McAnally will be solidified in the spring of 2020 and will endeavor to disrupt student and staff school days to the smallest extent possible. The use of McAnally would continue in this way until that campus’ capacity is exceeded. (Please note that, if voters approve the bond, McAnally will be used in this way for two school years, until August 2022, when Middle School #2 and the renovated and expanded AMS would be completed).
- The district will purchase portable classrooms using the district’s Maintenance and Operations budget. Given current demographic projections, the estimated number of portables needed to serve the growing student population is 21 in the next four years. These 21 portable classrooms would be placed at elementary schools, McAnally Intermediate, and AMS as needed. The estimated cost of 21 portables is $2.2 million.