District to hold public hearing
By Joe Southern
Several residents in the Diamond Bay section of the Shadow Creek Ranch subdivision have signed a petition seeking to break away from the Fort Bend ISD and join the Alvin ISD.
The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees has scheduled a public hearing for Sept. 26 to consider the petition. The petitioners have filed a related petition with the Alvin ISD requesting attachment to that district. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building at 16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land.
FBISD has not yet made any determination about the petitioner’s request and officials said no additional information will be shared, or action taken, prior to the Sept. 26 hearing.
The subdivision is part of a Pearland master-planned community located in Fort Bend County. Most of Shadow Creek Ranch is in Brazoria County.
The students affected by the petition currently attend Blue Ridge Elementary, Christa McAuliffe Middle and Willowridge High schools in FBISD.
According to a now-closed petition on change.org, a group calling itself Concerned Village of Diamond Bay Parents said the community more closely identifies with Alvin than it does Fort Bend.
“We are mobilizing to implore Alvin Independent School District to annex the 14 communities in the Village of Diamond Bay of Shadow Creek Ranch into its school district. It is important that our children attend the schools that are located closest to their communities and that are attended by their friends and neighbors,” the petitioners said. “This will assist in the development of a stronger family environment and better community involvement in the schools. We must demonstrate to Alvin Independent School District and Fort Bend Independent School District that this is something that we want and need.”
The Alvin ISD has not yet set a hearing date.