• Planning

    We're happy to provide the following answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding our district's attendance zone plans. Please click here to submit any additional questions or feedback you may have regarding the proposed attendance zone plan.

     

    When and what schools are we rezoning?

    Rezoning Plan for 2021-2022:  REZONE MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 6 to 8)

    • Move 6th grade to Middle School. Current SHS and Piner become 6th – 8th grade Middle Schools for a total of two Middle Schools in Sherman ISD.
      • Piner Middle School (402 West Pecan – Current Location)
      • Sherman Middle School (2201 East Lamar – New School/Former SHS)
    • Dillingham Intermediate becomes a 5th grade (only) campus for one year in 2020-21. 

     Rezoning Plan for 2021-22:  REZONE PRE-K THROUGH ELEMENTARY (PRE-K to GRADE 5)

    • Move 5th grade to Elementary with Dillingham becoming an Elementary Campus (K - 5)
    • Seven elementary campuses will provide elementary education for grades Kinder to 5th
      • Crutchfield, Dillingham, Fairview, Neblett, Sory, Wakefield and Washington.
    • Move Perring Learning Center to “H” hall at Sherman Middle School and Repurpose Perrin to become Perrin Early Childhood Center
      • Why? This agrees with the HB3 legislative requirement to provide full-day Pre-K.
      • As a result, Sherman ISD will have two dedicated early childhood centers offering full-day Pre-K, one at Fred Douglass Early Childhood Center and one at Perring Early Childhood Center.
        • One or both centers will house Head Start programs as well.   

     

    What are you attempting to do when you redraw attendance zone boundary lines?

    • Bring campuses below the capacity of existing facilities
    • Implement a clean feeder pattern elementary to middle school
    • Assess demographic campus profile (special programs and socioeconomic)
    • Use natural boundary lines (major roads, railroads, utility easements, waterways, etc…)
    • Utilize campuses efficiently based on space and programming
    • Attempt to maintain elementary neighborhood schools approach
    • Consider future growth patterns
    • Recognize transportation and travel impact
    • Build boundaries to sustain growth over time

     

    Why are you moving my neighborhood to another attendance zone?

    Attendance zone boundary lines for all school districts move through neighborhoods to establish the attendance areas for all similar campuses.  The drawing of each attendance zone boundary line, or segment of a line, is completed in an effort to accommodate the rezoning priorities of the District.  Each portion of a boundary line that’s established will achieve these priorities at varying levels.  For example, capacity is a bigger issue for some campuses over others.  Another example is that natural boundaries are more achievable for some campuses over others.  We have challenges in every area of the District from the standpoint of capacity, population growth, demographics, transportation, and so forth, which are the common hardships of rezoning a school district.  We also recognize that the redrawing of attendance zone boundaries will impact families in different ways.  We truly empathize with these challenges and we’re working diligently through a great amount of research, expert insight, thoughtfulness, and consideration of community feedback to establish the most viable boundaries that we possibly can; but in the end, we understand that families may be required to move to another campus.  We are sympathetic toward any negative impact that families may experience from rezoning, but please understand that we are taking our time to establish well thought out attendance zones through a great amount of study, expertise, and community feedback.

     

    When will you set the new attendance zone boundary lines?

    We’ve been working on Transition 2020 projects for well over a year, including our attendance zone boundaries.  Our School Board provided the priorities for administration in May of 2019.  Attendance rezoning work continued with 2019 student data in September.  Boundary options were considered in September/October with a plan provided to the Sherman ISD School Board on October 30th.   The School Board endorsed an elementary and middle school attendance zone plan to be presented to our community in an effort to solicit feedback for further consideration.  Community meetings were held during the month of November at 6 different campuses throughout the District. The School Board approved the new attendance zone boundaries during the December 2019 board meeting.

     

    Will schools be over capacity after rezoning and be required to set portable classrooms to accommodate growth?

    It is not the District’s intent to establish attendance zone boundaries where schools are over capacity on Day One after rezoning.  As evidenced by the first priority listed for the rezoning project, we are working to “Bring campuses below the capacity of existing facilities.”  It is our intent to establish zones that are under each facility’s functional capacity, and then sustain growth over time.  Nevertheless, growth is imminent and elementary capacity will be the primary target for future bond and capital projects.  As we continue to analyze growth trends in our community, we will look for future elementary expansion to gravitate toward the areas where growth is apparent, or soon to come.  In the meantime, we will consider adding portable classrooms when we exceed our capacity for a prolonged period of time.  Though it’s not anticipated to occur on Day One, it’s surely imminent based on future growth trends in our community that we will one day exceed our elementary capacity and ask our community to approve elementary school expansion.    

     

    Why are we closing Jefferson Elementary?

    Current Plan for Jefferson: Over the past 15 years, the District’s design model for elementary campuses has increased to a capacity of around 600 students. By increasing our design capacity, we’re able to address our population growth better and more efficiently operate our facilities. Currently, Jefferson’s population is around 230 students. By combining the Jefferson population with Dillingham in 2021-22, we can maximize facility space at Dillingham and significantly reduce operating costs by repurposing the Jefferson facility. For the upcoming 2020-21 school year, Jefferson will remain as an elementary campus with no changes to their attendance zone. 

    Future Plan for Jefferson: At this time, there are currently no plans for utilizing the Jefferson facility beyond the 2020-21 school year. We will be considering our options to repurpose Jefferson over the next 12 to 24 months. In the meantime, our focus is on students, staff, and families that have been blessed by Jefferson over the past 88 years. In the spring of 2021, we will be planning a celebration of Jefferson’s heritage and inviting our community to share their memories. More information will be provided in the future. 

     

    Will you consider transfer requests?

    In-district and out-of-district transfer requests are considered, according to policy, by Sherman ISD administration.  At the present time, boundaries are being established based on all current transfer policies and procedures in place.  Future changes to our transfer policies and procedures may be required to sustain our attendance zones over time, but at the present time, Sherman ISD continues to accept transfer requests.   

     

    Will you provide transportation?

    Yes, Sherman ISD will continue to provide transportation to all eligible students living outside of two miles from their home campus. 

     

    Will special programs be provided at all schools?

    Yes, Sherman ISD, currently, has no plan to eliminate offering special programs in the District (i.e., special education, gifted and talented, bilingual, fine arts, life skills, medically fragile, deaf education, autism, etc…).  Some programs may be offered at specific campuses, much like we do today, but all programs will be accessible to eligible students. 

     

    What day and time will school start?

    For 2020-21, Sherman ISD was considering a later than normal start to accommodate several initiatives and projects, such as, opening a new Sherman High School, moving multiple campuses across the District, and professional development academies required by the State. As of the February 10, 2020 board meeting, district administration is now reviewing the academic calendar to solidify a start date that will accomade several factors, such as a January 2021 new SHS opening. The academnic calendar will be reviewed to consider major holidays, the traditional end date around Memorial Day,  staff development days and the majority of workdays out of the normal academic year.  

    As we discussed in 2017, staggering our start times is a necessity for growing districts.  As the number of students and campuses increase, staging transportation and delivering students to and from schools in a timely manner will become increasingly more difficult.  In an effort to provide transportation efficiently, decrease time on buses for students, and eliminate multi-age riders (i.e., Elementary students riding with Middle/High School students), staggering start times will be necessary for the District.  In August of 2020, Sherman ISD plans to establish staggered start times between Pre-K/Elementary and Middle/High School.  An example of a two-stage, or two-tier, start time arrangement may be reflected by (1) Pre-K/Elementary starting at 7:40 am and ending at 3:15 pm and (2) Middle/High School starting at 8:20 am and ending at 3:55 pm.  Implementing these start and end time changes for August of 2020 will allow the District to provide more efficient transportation in a safe and timely manner to all students.  

     

    Please click here to submit any additional questions or feedback you may have regarding the proposed attendance zone plan.