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AISD Considers Process to Redraw School Boundaries

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School trustee Lori Moya leans over to say something to school board president Mark Williams during a board meeting in June.

The Austin Independent School District is about to begin a long and likely contentious process that could end in school attendance boundaries being redrawn.

Tonight, school board members will look at the district’s plan to develop a committee that would examine attendance zones. It’s all kind of dry at this point – but that could change if the district starts tinkering with which students go to what schools.

“I have no doubt that it will be contentious," Austin school board member Rob Schneider told KUT News. “But what the board’s supposed to do is what’s best for public education for all kids, and that’s going to be some hard decisions, but I hope that this board is up for doing that.”

The rationale for redrawing boundaries is this: The school district is facing another large deficit next year. Some schools are severely under capacity while others are overcrowded. Regardless of how the district approaches it, board president Mark Williams says no boundaries would change this school year.

Tonight's meeting is open to the public and is scheduled to be streamed online broadcast on Time Warner Cable 22.

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