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Fort Bend County Compact of 2011:

We, the residents of Fort Bend County, hereby pledge our commitment to vote against any FBISD BOT member who votes for Rezoning Option 3 on March 7, 2011.

We expect and demand that our Board Members adhere to Fort Bend's Zoning Guiding Principles: (these may be found online at:
http://www.fortbend.k12.tx.us/about/zoning.cfm

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FORT BEND ISD 079907 SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AREAS FCR

The Board shall review attendance zones at the recommendation of the administration.

DEFINITIONS
In this regulation, the following definitions apply:

Design Capacity: the maximum capacity of the school building for a particular school year and student population, taking into account the number of first seats in the building (not counting portables on site).

Functional Capacity: the district wide building utilization, adjusted at the site level, for 90\% of design capacity.

First seat: an instructional space within the physical plant of the building in which students receive core and primary instruction. Self contained special education classrooms are also considered to be first seats.

CONSIDERATIONS
The following considerations and guiding principles shall be reviewed when formulating recommended changes:
Enrollment levels
Building capacities
Current and future population growth or decline

GUIDING PRINCIPLES
To keep neighborhoods and feeder schools (elementary to middle to high school) tracking together, as much as possible
To consider students proximity to a campus being mindful of traffic patterns, safety concerns, and transportation costs
To reduce overcrowding of campuses
To involve the community in the zoning process to communicate information about possible zoning changes to students and families that may be impacted and give affected individuals an opportunity to provide feedback
To keep in mind doing what is in the best interest of students in a fiscally responsible manner
To plan for future growth
To align the number of students with campus capacity. Campus capacity is reviewed annually, as this number may be adjusted to support changes in programs and student needs.
To minimize rezoning neighborhoods
To draw attendance zones in a way that supports an efficient/ effective use of school facilities, and in a way the districts budget can support

PROCESS
In November of each year, the District shall obtain updates on five year enrollment projections.
The Building Utilization Committee shall be responsible for recommending changes in attendance zones. The Committee shall be comprised of nine members:
The Executive Director of Construction & Demographic Studies who shall chair the Committee;
Members of the Department of School Administration; and
Three principals one from each level (elementary, middle, high)-who shall be selected from the buildings that will be affected by the change(s) in boundaries.
The Committee shall address rezoning of schools when:
A new school is opened the following school year; or
When actual use of any school building differs from the functional capacity by +/- 10\%.
The Committee shall prepare a report, which shall include the rezoning plan developed by the Committee and outlining the advantages and disadvantages of the plan. The report will be presented to the Board of Trustees no later than the first regular Board meeting in January.
After the Committees report is presented to the Board, the administration shall conduct one public hearing to review the recommended changes and receive input from affected individuals. The administration shall then compile a final recommendation to adjust attendance zones at the second meeting in February.
DATE ISSUED: 07/88 DATE APPROVED: 01122009 FCR
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We pledge to watch the March 7th vote with vigilant eyes, and to turn out, en masse, on Election Day to remove from office any BOT member who disavows the zoning principles he promised to uphold when elected into office.
Please also review Exhibits at the back of this petition for more information summarizing the facts of this Rezoning initiative, as well as the arguments against it.
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EXHIBIT TO PETITION AGAINST FBISD REZONING OPTION 3:

Neighbors & FBISD Constituents

Please consider the following facts and the consensus of opinions of residents of these neighborhoods, spelled out in this petition. If you are in agreement and wish to support our efforts to STOP the FBISD BOT from ratifying Rezoning Option #3, please sign this petition immediately. We have been organizing opposition to this plan proposed by FBISD to alleviate overcrowding at area schools. Several options were devised for consideration, and Option 3 seems to have moved to the forefront as the favored choice.

The BOT meets and votes on this issue on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7pm at the FBISD Administration Building (16431 Lexington Blvd.). This is our last push to obtain as much support as possible from other FBISD constituents. Lake Colony & Heritage Colony (as well as Riverstone, Telfair, and other affected neighborhoods) have been arguing our cases to the BOT for several months. We thought it might be worthwhile to reach out to our fellow Clements Rangers (who attend school with our kids, participate in athletics, and other extra-curricular activities with their friends in our neighborhoods) for your support.

Here are the highlights of our argument against Option 3:

FACT:
Lake Colony & Heritage Colony have both been rezoned 3 times in the last 10 years.

FACT:
This is in direct violation of the Board's own Zoning Guidelines (see #1).

COMMON CONSENSUS:
This ping-ponging of students undermines the relationships they have developed with their classmates and neighbors. Moving from Elementary to Middle and Middle to High School can be very trying times in children and adolescents social lives. Many of us believe that splitting feeder schools has further negative impacts on the students psychological growth, maturity, and leadership. Add to that, splitting a neighborhood (Lake Colony) in which 1/3 attends Clements and the remaining 2/3 moves to Elkins adds even more social hardships.

COMMON CONSENSUS:
Children and adolescents are at a very precarious time in the formation of their self-identity, self-esteem, social identification, formation of values, etc. A sense of belonging is imperative to their psychological well-being when living their teenage years. The less solid their foundation is at this time, the more likely they are to get involved in dangerous relationships. The last problem any of us wants is gang activity increasing in our area.

FACT:
The Global Language Academy resides in Clements High School (since 2008). Figures show that anywhere from 200-400 students have been added to CHS because of the GLA. Now, the BOT claims that 316 students (from Lake Colony, Heritage Colony, and Riverstone) must be zoned from the overcrowded CHS to EHS.

FACT:
This is in direct violation of the Board's own Zoning Guidelines (see #3-4, 6-7 & 9).

COMMON CONSENSUS:
Why was the GLA not established in one of the under-utilized campuses in the first place and this over-crowding and under-utilization prevented?? This is another glaring example of the BOT ignoring their own Principles (see list above).

COMMON CONSENSUS:
Moving the GLA to one of the under-utilized campuses NOW would be a win-win solution for both campuses! Marshall and Willowridge are well below capacity and could benefit greatly from hosting an Academy on their premises. It would make good fiscal sense. (See #5, 7 & 9!)

FACT:
Students attending the GLA are provided transportation to and from CHS from where ever they reside in the district!

FACT:
If the Rezoning plan is approved, 7th, 10th & 11th graders will be grandfathered and allowed to complete their education at the school they are currently attending. However, they will NOT be provided transportation!

FACT:
This is in direct violation of the Board's own Zoning Guidelines (see #2 & 5).

FACT:
The Rezoning Option 3 will NOT provide a long-term solution to the problems we are experiencing NOW. Elkins will become EXTREMELY over crowded with this rezoning as soon as next year! The projections provided by FBISD show the following projections for both high schools in question:

Clements (capacity 2202):
2011: 2617 +415
20112: 2502 +300
2013: 2421 +462
2014: 2343 +141

Elkins (capacity 1959):
2011: 2251 +292
2012: 2285 +326
2013: 2421 +462
2014: 2628 +669

FACT:
All other High Schools will be over-capacity NEXT year, with the exceptions of Travis, Bush, Marshall, Willowridge, & Ridge Point. (see pg 15 of the Zoning presentation online at: http://www.fortbend.k12.tx.us/about/zoning.cfm

FACT:
Clements is the only FBISD high school with an Exemplaryrating.

COMMON CONSENSUS:
Many residents of Lake Colony & Heritage Colony purchased their homes because of the fact that they are zoned to Clements. Of course, we would all love to see every FBISD high school achieve Exemplary status (as well as excel in all of their academic programs, arts, athletics, etc.) But, for now, we believe we will be unfairly robbed of our investment in properties zoned to Clements.

PLEASE JOIN US IN STOPPING THIS REZONING PLAN! We believe it is a terrible solution to the problems facing our district, and is certainly NOT a long term one. We sincerely believe that the BOT should wait and take more time to research this issue, take a less myopic view of the overall situation across the District, and come up with a better long term solution that falls within their own Guidelines and Principles.

The vote scheduled for Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7pm at the FBISD Administration Building (on Lexington Blvd). We plan to let them know that we believe they are NOT acting in the best interests of the students if they ratify this current Rezoning Plan -- and we will vote against anyone who votes in favor of it, come re-election time.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! If you have questions or comments, please direct them to: [email protected] He may direct your inquiries to one of the many people we have had working on this issue since January 2011.

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