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Sharyland ISD parents concerned about district's rezoning proposal

The rezoning of Sharyland ISD has caused concern for some parents of elementary students at Jensen Elementary School

For the last three years, Sharyland Independent School District has been conducting studies on its campus enrollment. One of those studies revealed declining numbers at one elementary.

"And that did indicate that John H. Shary would be shrinking due to the aging population of their area," said Pam Montalvo, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

This prompted school administrators to rezone some of the areas, meaning relocating some students from Jensen Elementary to Shary Elementary. The rezoning includes areas between 2 Mile and 3 Mile Roads, between Stewart and Shary.

However, not all students will be affected.

"We will be grandfathering all 6th grade students,” Montalvo said. “Our current 5th graders that will be 6th graders next year, they will have the opportunity to stay at Jensen Elementary, since they spent most of their elementary careers there."

School officials say the numbers are isolated to this one campus.

"We've actually haven't seen that decline yet, but we're trying to be very proactive," Montalvo said.

Parents at Jensen say their children are uncertain about their new environment.

"She was kind of sad because her friends are here and she doesn't want to make new friends in a different school," said Jensen Elementary parent Erik Velasco.

“I don't like that they’re moving them because they’ve already adapted to Jensen and a sudden move wouldn’t be a good idea,” said parent Cristina Sánchez.

Sharyland ISD will be holding a meeting for all families affected by the rezoning on Thursday, April 26 at Jensen Elementary at 510 Glasscock Rd. in Mission.

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