On Wednesday, May 12, 2021 the Willis ISD Board of Trustees approved zoning map 3 for population of Lagway Elementary, opening August 2021. Click "Zoning Maps" at left to view the approved zones and options considered. Below is an outline of the process that was utilized to determine the zones.
Lagway Elementary is currently under construction and will open to students in August 2021. The school is located at 11505 Pine Valley Drive, at the corner of Longmire/Pine Valley. The new school will alleviate overcrowding at both Meador and Turner, and is located in the district’s fast growing southwest corner. Currently Meador and Turner Elementary each have approximately 830 students enrolled. The rezoning process will impact students attending both of these schools, plus current Roark Pre-K students moving onto Kindergarten next year. This is necessary in order to populate the new school.
PASA (Population and Survey Analysts) presented an updated demographic study to the school board at the board meeting April 21. In conjunction with this presentation, the demographers presented two zoning options to district administration, board members and the transportation department. This group made a few revisions to the plan, taking into consideration the elements reported as most important on the parent survey conducted in February 2021. The top most important considerations named were:
- On a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being not important at all and 5 being very important, how important is it to you that your school be located close to your home? 66% of 402 responses ranked a 5 (very important).
- How important are physical and traffic considerations to you? 60% marked 5 (very important).
- How important is it to you that schools have demographic equity? 28% marked a 3 (neutral), 18% marked 4 (fairly important) and 37% marked 5 (very important).
Other information taken into account include the capacity for future growth at each school, the proximity to the neighborhoods with high projected growth, the ability to run buses and not negatively impact school times, and the ability to move students to bilingual program schools (Meador and Cannan).
Option 1 Survey - This survey presented zoning option 1 for feedback from the campuses impacted (Meador, Turner, Roark). Questions:
- On a scale of 1-5, with 1 meaning you are not in favor of, and 5 meaning you are very in favor of, how do you feel about the proposed new zone map?
- After reviewing the zone maps and FAQ section, please list any other suggestions you have below.
Option 2 Survey - After results from option 1 survey revealed many parents felt that Panorama should stay together as a neighborhood, Option 2 was presented. Questions:
- On a scale of 1-5, with 1 meaning you are not in favor of, and 5 meaning you are very in favor of, how do you feel about the proposed Option #2 zone map?
- After reviewing the zone maps, please list any other input below.
Revised to Option 3 for recommendation to school board, approved May 12, 2021. Click "Zoning Maps" at left to view the approved zones and options considered.