Richardson ISD unveils attendance zones for new White Rock Trail school

Groups Form over Proposed White Rock School

RICHARDSON - After months of speculation from concerned parents and homeowners, Richardson ISD on Monday released proposed boundaries for a new elementary in the White Rock Valley neighborhood.

The district proposed White Rock Trail Elementary to offset overcrowding at nearby White Rock Elementary.

The popular Lake Highlands school has an enrollment 931 students this school year.  RISD says capacity is 902.

Homeowners opposed to the new school say they have concerns over safety and traffic at the proposed site at White Rock Trail and Walnut Hill Lane.

Shelby Eidson has a first grade student at nearby White Rock Elementary and says the proposed school takes away the neighborhood school model parents prefer.

"Any time you need a new school, you need consideration of the neighborhood its going to be built in," Eidson said.

Eidson is part of the "We Have a Voice Lake Highlands" group opposing the school.  Approximately 15-20 people held signs and waved to honking motorists on Greenville Avenue outside district headquarters before the board meeting began Monday evening.

The group is vocal, but far from alone on making their opinions known on the proposed school.

Another group of parents started a website of their own "We Need A School"  last week after seeing the opposition mounting.

Jessica Newell says she didn't want one vocal group speaking for the entire neighborhood.

"I think that's what's been so hard about this is because it does sort of feel like neighbor against neighbor," Newell said.  "I am absolutely confident that this neighborhood will rally around the new school."

Newell lives one block from the proposed school and expected to be learn Monday night that her children would attend the new school.  Instead, RISD drew attendance boundaries that kept families living east of White Rock Trail and south of Walnut Hill together.

"This is a win for Lake Highlands no matter how they draw the lines," Newell said late Monday.

Richardson ISD says the proposed attendance zones will allow enrollment at White Rock Elementary to fall back to a more manageable 653 students.

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