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Apr 28, 2014 10:49 PM by Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com

CCISD Finalizes Boundaries For Veterans High School

CORPUS CHRISTI - CCISD has finalized the boundaries for the new Veterans Memorial High School, and the guidelines to determine who will attend the campus when it opens in fall of 2015.

The boundaries are primarily designed to both relieve overcrowding at Carroll and King, but also to leave room for a lot of growth happening on the far south end of town.

You are zoned to Veterans Memorial High School if:
-you live south of Cedar Pass/Sun Valley
-you live south of Saratoga and east of Staples
-you live south of Brooke, east of Rodd Field

The other question, how to fill the campus, was the bigger issue up for discussion Monday night.

Several trustees expressed concern that when the school opens, the enrollment will be around 850, while the capacity of the campus is around 2400.

But district officials explained this was the only way to open the campus without forcing juniors and seniors to transfer, and without adjusting the boundaries several times in the first few years after it opens.

"I certainly understand the sensitivity," said Debbie Seeger, Director of Strategic Initiatives.

"We're building a new facility. Our hope is that by drawing the attendance zones so that there is room for that school to grow, we won't be moving them around. Moving high school attendance zones is rarely a good thing."

To help ease the "undercrowding" at Veterans, trustees selected an enrollment plan that essentially allows almost anyone to attend who wants to.

9th and 10th graders who are zoned to Veterans are required to attend when it opens.

Beyond that, any 9th, 10th, or 11th graders from any other campus will be allowed to transfer to Veterans, with almost no chance of being rejected.

"It's difficult to imagine a scenario where everybody who wanted to attend couldn't," said Seeger.

In addition to housing the agricultural sciences program, currently at Carroll, Veterans will also have its own signature program, that is still to be decided.

CCISD hopes that will help to lure as many students from across the district as possible, and make the most of its nearly $100 million investment.

Families who live in the new Veterans attendance zone will all receive letters in the next few weeks about the changes.

Transfer applications will be accepted very soon after school resumes this fall, to give the district time to prepare for the amount of 9th, 10th, and 11th graders planning to attend.

Click here to see more detailed boundary maps and attendance proposals.

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