Jarrell ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Chapman announced that the Board of Trustees approved the elementary attendance zones for 2019-2020.
The boundary line between Jarrell Elementary to the north and Igo Elementary to the south will run along FM 487 and CR 313. These boundary lines will evenly divide the elementary student population.
Next school year, enrollment for JES is expected at 494, while at IES, it is expected at 499. The PPCD program will be housed at JES and the district’s bilingual program will be moved to IES.
“This is a historic moment for Jarrell ISD: this summer, we will merge Jarrell Elementary School and Jarrell Intermediate School and, for the first time, have two full Pre-K through 5th-grade campuses,” said Chapman. “I know I speak on behalf of our students and staff, we are incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received from our community. Citizens of JISD overwhelmingly passed the 2017 Bond Package, and that’s why we have been able to build Igo Elementary.”
District Changing Bus Services
As the district prepares to open Igo Elementary, the district will have to restructure its transportation program.
“Our practice of providing transportation to all elementary students is not sustainable once we close the intermediate campus and open Igo Elementary,” Chapman said. “Going forward, our transportation service parameters will only include elementary students who live one mile or more from their assigned school.”
The distance a student lives from their school is determined by measuring from the curb at the front of the school to the curb in the front of their home using the closest paved street.
In accordance with state law, transportation will be provided to students who live a long a hazardous route. The district has determined that hazardous routes for Jarrell Elementary are along CR 313 and CR 332 and CR 313 and CR 314 for Igo Elementary.
“We are not to the point where we are looking at discontinuing bus service to students who live as far as two miles out. But that may be a conversation we have down the road as we continue to grow,” Chapman said.
To ensure student safety, the district will add crossing guards as needed and provide bike safety information to students at both campuses.
By reducing bus services to students who live one mile or more from their schools, the district will be able to redirect about $50,000 per year to other areas of need.