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New Middle School Attendance Zones Approved

Following school board approval at the regular monthly meeting on Jan. 25, Hutto ISD Trustees have finalized new middle school attendance zone boundaries that will best balance the student populations as the District prepares to open Gus Almquist Middle School in August 2024.

New middle school attendance boundary changes beginning for the 2024-2025 school year can be viewed here.

With the anticipated opening of Gus Almquist Middle School, the new campus will provide relief for both Farley and Hutto middle schools. Additionally, to better balance campus levels, changes to Hutto Middle School’s prior attendance zone will relieve Farley.

Hutto ISD administration, in cooperation with a citizens’ committee, utilized input and data provided by the District’s demographer, to produce a series of proposed attendance zones in line with goals set forth by the Board of Trustees: to address facilities needs to accommodate growth and maximize efficiency through innovation in support of student success.

The rezoning process sought to balance — or level — enrollment within the attendance zones to the rate of growth per zone and provide sufficient capacity at each of the three middle schools in order to address demographic projections over the next 5 to 7 years. Primary considerations of the rezoning committee and District leadership were space optimization, equity and operational efficiencies.

In addition, the attendance rezoning committee sought to maintain neighborhood unity, utilize contiguous boundaries, growth in student headcount due to continued residential development, the impact to families and students, safety and costs associated with providing transportation to students.

With the adoption of the new attendance zones, each middle school will draw students from the following elementary schools as part of Hutto ISD’s new feeder patterns:

Farley Middle School Feeder Capture:
All students currently zoned for Nadine Johnson and Ray elementary schools, and current 5th thru 7th graders currently zoned for Hutto Middle School and who reside in the Hutto Elementary zone south of US 79 / railroad tracks and in adjacent areas along FM 1660, including North Creek Bend, Cross Creek, Cotton Brook and portions of Legends of Hutto will be rezoned to Farley Middle School. (Boundary in green on the linked map.)

Gus Almquist Middle School Feeder Capture:
All students currently zoned for Kerley, Veterans’ Hill and Howard Norman elementary schools. It should be noted that an adjustment to the HNES attendance zone has been made to incorporate the new Covered Bridge residential development. This residential area was previously in the Ray Elementary attendance zone and currently impacts 10 students. (Boundary in blue on the linked map.)

Hutto Middle School Feeder Capture:
All students currently zoned for Cottonwood Creek and Hutto elementary schools. (Boundary in orange on the linked map.)

With this approval, attendance zone boundaries have been set and adjusted for other areas within the District facing tremendous student enrollment growth. The boundary approval includes minor changes made to the initial recommendation thanks to community feedback provided both electronically and at a series of public attendance rezoning meetings in December.

Grandfathering
Trustees also approved the rezoning committee and administration’s recommendation to provide a “grandfathering” exemption allowing current 7th graders to utilize the District’s transfer policies and established criteria so they may continue their 8th grade year at their current middle school campus. Students affected by rezoning and entering the final grade-level year at their campus will have the option to stay at their current campus, if desired.

This exemption for rising 7th graders will adhere to the District’s current transfer process which is dictated by the availability of space on a particular campus, established residency of the student and their family, code of conduct, the student’s attendance history, and their academic performance.

The policy approved by Trustees will also permit current 5th and 6th grade students who are siblings of current 7th graders, to apply for a transfer request so that siblings are not split between two different middle school campuses if they are affected by the new attendance zoning. All transfer application fees in these instances will also be waived for families.

It’s important to note, grandfathering exemptions will only be allowed for students with established residencies who are impacted by attendance rezoning in the 2024-2025 school year. In addition, Hutto ISD will not provide District transportation for these transfer students to or from their residence and middle school.

Additional information about Hutto ISD’ rezoning process, maps and important links regarding the transfer application process will be made available online. We will also be sharing information about events for students and families as we continue to complete construction for the opening of Gus Almquist Middle School in August 2024.