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Houston Schools: Tomball ISD is considering boundary changes near The Woodlands for 3 elementary schools

TOMBALL, Texas — Tomball ISD is considering boundary changes affecting Creekview, Creekside Forest and Timber Creek Elementary Schools. TISD will not make a decision until the district can form a committee to review growth and school capacity, according to an April 8 message sent to families at the three affected elementary schools.

The committee will be composed of stakeholders and will be formed in late April/early May for the committee to make a final recommendation to the TISD Board of Trustees in May.

TISD presented a boundary drawing, Plan A, at the March 7 meeting that would add 100 students each to Creekside Forest and Timber Creek and reduce Creekview by 200 students. After backlash from parents in Tomball and The Woodlands and The Woodlands Township Board regarding child safety, TISD officials created a second plan to consider.

Plan A would send some students from Creekside Park Elementary School to Timber Creek Elementary School across Kuykendahl Road from their homes, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. Plan B would not send students from these parts of Creekside Park.

The Woodlands Parish Council voted unanimously on March 30 to pass a draft resolution in support of Plan B. TISD has maps of both plans on its website.

However, TISD chief operating officer Steven Gutierrez said at a March 24 Woodlands Township board meeting that even if Plan B is adopted, some students will eventually move to Timber Creek due to the district’s continued growth, which is expected to enroll 24,000 students must be 2026-27 and 26,000 to 2031-32. According to TISD, Timber Creek is operating at 82% capacity.

Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said at the March 7 meeting that the district was running out of space at Creekview Elementary, which is at 115% occupancy. Overall, the school district had 1,585 new students for the 2021-22 school year and is forecasting 865 new students for 2022-23, Rocky Gardiner, Zonda director and school district adviser, said at the March 7 meeting.

“With growth in the district and the Creekside area, a neighborhood will inevitably have to cross Kuykendahl,” Gutierrez said.

Parents and officials at The Woodlands have suggested alternatives, such as building a footbridge over Kuykendahl Road or hiring border guards. Gutierrez said TISD does not employ border crossings, but the district is willing to bus students.

TISD mom Angela Clegg, who lives in the Timarron community, said in an interview the area is walkable and the school district has consistently encouraged parents not to use the buses, especially given the lack of bus drivers. She said parents received an email from TISD in early March about the proposed boundary changes, which caught many parents off guard.

“This is the first time I’ve felt frustrated with the District; I was very happy,” said Clegg.

The boundary changes will not be discussed at the April 11 TISD board workshop or the April 12 regular meeting, the district confirmed.

This article is courtesy of our ABC13 partners at Community Impact Newspapers.

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