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Frequently Asked Questions
Why is rezoning under consideration?
The Bryan ISD Board of Trustees asked administrators to look into the issue of rezoning the high school attendance zones. In the 5 years since Rudder High School was built, changes at the state level affecting public education have forced districts to look at ways to continue placing the highest priority on academics while finding ways to be fiscally responsible without sacrificing that priority. Additionally, growth in the city and the corresponding growth in enrollment has factored into the need for rezoning.
Bringing Bryan High School and Rudder High School into a more equitable balance with regards to enrollment and programs will allow the district to utilize our facilities more efficiently, with the added bonus of creating an optimal learning environment at both schools.
Who developed the proposed zones?
Approximately 40 people served on an advisory committee to review 7 different attendance zone maps. Comprised of community members, parents and district personnel, the committee narrowed the options down each time they met. The final option was selected unanimously by the committee.
When will the new zones take effect?
Pending approval by the Board of Trustees, the zones will take effect beginning with the Fall, 2013 semester.
Do these zones affect Bryan Collegiate High School or Hammond Oliver students?
No. Bryan Collegiate and Hammond Oliver students are accepted by application from BHS and Rudder attendance zones, so changing the zones will not affect either program.
How will this change the enrollment at BHS and Rudder high schools?
BHS enrollment will decrease slightly and Rudder enrollment will increase slightly. Projected enrollments in the Fall, 2013 semester are: BHS - 2,138; Rudder - 1,759.
Will transfers be allowed?
The transfer process will be simplified with the new zones. Some programs are offered on only one campus. If space is available, transfers may be granted for these programs, if other requirements are met:
• Swimming (BHS)
• Gymnastics (Rudder)
• Cosmetology (BHS)
• Auto Technology (BHS)
• Construction Science (Rudder)
• International Baccalaureate (BHS)
Program transfers are dependent upon space available, in some cases. If a program is at maximum capacity, no transfers will be granted.
Siblings will be allowed to attend the same school only if another sibling is currently attending the school. For example, in the Fall of 2013, a 9th grader living in the Rudder zone may be allowed to attend BHS if an older sibling in the family is currently attending BHS. An older sibling who has already graduated will not confer transfer status to a younger sibling.
Other conditions for transfers exist according to Board policy.
Will transportation be provided for high school transfers?
No. Transportation will not be provided for students who transfer from their assigned high school attendance zone.
What are the cost savings, if any, in changing the attendance zones?
The projected enrollment at each campus should place them into the same UIL classification. In the next UIL realignment, BHS and Rudder, along with other local schools of similar size, would likely be placed in the same competition zone. This would greatly reduce the amount of travel time and distance to extracurricular competitions. It is estimated that decreased travel costs will result in a savings of $120,000 annually. An estimated increase in gate receipts of $100,000 is expected as patrons are more willing to travel shorter distances for extracurricular events.
Why does the district believe this is the best choice for the future?
Bryan ISD’s motto of “Children First, Always...” is a guiding force in all that we do. We base every decision on what is best for our students. We must provide the best possible education for the children of Bryan while being good stewards of our financial resources.