Thank you to the board of trustees for their research, planning, and provision of options. If you were unable to attend the 3/28 meeting, you may click here to view the meeting in its entirety.
A huge thank you also to the neighbor who provided a recap via our Nextdoor neighborhood group. After doing my own research, I agree with this neighbor's conclusions and want to repost for your viewing.
There are four options on the table. You can familiarize yourself with those options HERE . In my opinion, the best option for our community as a whole is Option #1. First, this would make the schools the most balanced with the difference in percentage of Economically Disadvantaged students at only 4%. It puts each high school on an equal playing field and takes away from the perception of rich school vs. poor school. Additionally, this is the ONLY option that maintains the current walkability to College Station High School (each of the other 3 options take those students who are within WALKING distance to College Station HS and move them to A&M Consolidated High School). This option would mean allocating more buses to those students who would otherwise be able to walk to school. This element will also encourage people to spread the growth in this community instead of packing growth only into the CSHS area. Right now, the perception in the community is that CSHS is the better school and when people are choosing to move, they are moving to this area. This is the best long-term solution based on current needs and development of College Station. I believe the worst choice is Option 3. The main guiding factor in Option 3 hinges on the development of Margraves (between Arrington Road and Greens Prairie Road West and South of Whites Creek). By taking this option, the board will be back to the re-zoning table in 2-3 years. No one knows for sure what the Margraves development will bring and thus this cannot be the main factor in making a decision on rezoning in our community in 2018. As a District of Innovation, we have to make the correct decisions based on the fact we know NOW and not what we perceive COULD be the case in 1-2 years. This option also creates the largest disparity in low SES students at the two high schools. In all of these options, our areas will remain zoned for Consolidated High School. A&M Consolidated is an outstanding school with outstanding administration, teachers and coaches. Our children are lucky to live in a community where there are two great High Schools. This is a difficult decision to be made by our School Board members but this time they need to get it right. If we can make this community have 2 equally amazing schools, it will make this area even stronger. I encourage each of you to familiarize yourself with the facts and reach out to our school board members via email or the public forum that will be held on Monday, April 2nd at the CSISD Board Room at 5:30PM. This process is moving quickly and so time is of the essence in this matter. If you do choose to email, please send to all addresses listed below.
Sonja Patterson, Broker Associate
Keller Williams Brazos Valley
2801 Earl Rudder Fwy S
College Station, TX 77845