Comal Independent School District trustees on Thursday discussed boundaries and attendance projections for Davenport High School which opens next year.
Steve Stanford, the district’s executive communications director, addressed the plans, which also include guidelines for grandfathering students from Danville Middle School and Canyon High School to Davenport, located at 23555 Farm-to-Market Road 3009 in Garden Ridge and scheduled to open in August 2020.
The Texas Education Agency’s Public Information Management System (PEIMS) compiles information on all Texas public school districts – from demographics and student academic performance, down to district-wide finances and organizational makeup.
Every two years, the University Interscholastic League, the state’s governing body for extracurricular public school activities, revises competitive athletic and academic districts for secondary schools, which are classified by enrollments ranging from Class 6A to Class A.
Average daily memberships of schools compiled by district superintendents in October are entered into PEIMS, with the UIL using enrollment numbers for its biennial realignment of competitive districts.
The next realignment, covering the 2020-22 school years, will be announced in February.
Stanford said because Davenport’s opening will reduce numbers at Canyon High School, it was important the district begin planning before PEIMS numbers are due next fall.
“The UIL is really kind of driving our timeline on this, which now has to happen sooner than later,” he said.
The current plan is for Davenport High’s attendance zone to mirror Danville Middle School boundaries approved by trustees in 2017. Garden Ridge and Morningside Elementary schools feed into Danville, where its first graduates will feed into Davenport in August 2020.
The district projects Davenport will open with 701 students for 2020-21 and increase to 1,009 students for 2021-22. Canyon enrollment numbers would drop to 2,153 students the first year and 2,112 students the following year.
In athletics, the new school would compete on the sub-varsity levels for football and other team sports, and varsity level for individual sports in 2020-21. In 2021-22, football would continue on the sub-varsity level, with team and individual sports played as varsity. Davenport football would elevate to varsity beginning in the UIL’s 2022-24 realignment.
“The UIL can realign all team sports other than football between realignments,” Stanford said.
Superintendent Andrew Kim recalled the district faced a similar predicament when Canyon Lake High School opened in 2007 but had to wait until 2008 to compete in varsity events. “These things happen when you open (high schools) in even-numbered years,” he said. “But we met with the (Canyon) coaches, and they all agreed this was the best process.”
Stanford said the grandfathering guidelines would follow those trustees approved for the new middle schools two years ago. Under certain conditions, Danville Middle School and Canyon High students residing within Davenport’s zone would be offered their choice of high schools.
Eighth-grade students at Danville for 2019-20 could choose to attend Canyon only if they have an older sibling attending Canyon. Canyon’s freshmen and sophomores in 2019-20 could stay at Canyon or opt to attend Davenport for their junior and senior years.
“These are pretty simple criteria,” Stanford said. “We don’t want parents driving kids to two different schools. We also anticipate few will select to grandfather – mainly juniors who want to participate in varsity sports or continue in the marching band.”
Trustees will discuss Davenport plans again in workshop session on July 25, and make a final decision during their next regular monthly meeting on Aug. 29.
“We need to get the process started as soon as possible so we can submit a number of students by the PEIMS (ADM) snapshot at the end of October,” Kim said.
Also Thursday, trustees:
•Recognized Laura Kistner for involvement in arranging local scholarships for graduating seniors and the district’s High School Exchange Program for foreign students. Also recognized was Trustee Cody Mueller for serving as board president the past two years.
•Received the district’s School Health Advisory Council’s annual report.
•Approved a resolution to pay off nearly $3.5 million in outstanding bond debt.
•Approved third and final readings of amended board policies and procedures.
•Approved the district’s Parent/Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct
•Approved a school zone traffic signal upgrade for Pieper Ranch Middle School; delayed decision on the same for Specht Elementary School.
•Approved authorizations to negotiate land purchases for future school sites at Farm-to-Market Road 1863 and U.S. 281 and State Highway 46 near FM 758.
For more, visit the district’s website, comalisd.org.