By Betsy Dolan
Fort Bend ISD has named a group of seven parents to a committee that will help the district make decisions involving school zoning issues. The decision to include parents on the Building Utilization Committee (BUC) was decided back in November, in part after groups of parents, angered over several potential school closures, showed up at school board meetings wearing matching t-shirts and even protesting along Highway 6.
The seven parent BUC members were selected via a district-wide lottery system held in every school. The Board of Trustees selected three parents from the east side of the district, three from the west side and one at-large member. The parents represent Goodman Elementary, Mission West Elementary, Oakland Elementary, Pecan Grove Elementary, Garcia Middle School, Quail Valley Middle School and Willowridge High School. Also serving on the committee are members of Fort Bend ISD Administration, members of the Building and Grounds Committee and three principals who will be selected from the schools affected by potential changes in boundaries.
The BUC will study attendance zones in the district and will use enrollment levels, building capacities and current and future population growth or decline as factors in any recommendations it has for zoning changes. The committee is reviewing the latest demographic data and growth trends within the District and will recommend any changes in school attendance areas to the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees in March.