FBISD No More Band Aids News Release for May 7 Board of Trustees Meeting
May 7, 2018
No More Band-Aids: FBISD Ridge Point Feeder Pattern Parents Demand District and Board Accountability with Long-Term Strategic Plan
SIENNA PLANTATION, TEXAS - Parents within the Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD) Ridge Point High School feeder pattern have had enough of the district’s band-aid approach to excessive overcrowding and constant rezoning in its community schools. Mobilizing under the No More Band-Aids mantra, 2,200 concerned citizens in the Sienna Plantation development, in conjunction with the Riverstone and Hightower High School communities, advocate the creation of a 10-year strategic plan to address growth and capacity within the area. Effectively, refusing to continue accepting the district’s traditional shuffle of students without consideration for future growth or students’ academic, social and emotional needs.
“Sadly, our children are accustomed to overcrowded schools, bursting hallways and continuous rezoning due to the district’s lack of foresight and strategic planning,” said Kathi Hopkins, a 30-year Fort Bend resident and concerned parent. “This has been the norm dating back to the opening of Sienna Crossing Elementary in 1998. Students have been shuffled from school to school for two decades, breaking up friendships, creating instability and moving children out of their own community just to make room for others. It’s a domino effect that does not serve the student.”
The majority of the Fort Bend district is developmentally mature, with the Ridge Point feeder pattern being the area with the greatest projected growth. Over 8,000 additional homes are on the books within the Sienna Plantation community and along the 521 corridor. Ridge Point High School currently has five 1,000 plus student elementary campuses and one extremely overcrowded middle school in its feeder pattern. A second middle school will open in the Fall already close to capacity, and two additional elementary schools are planned within the next seven years. With no additional secondary education facilities on the table every student in the
Ridge Point feeder is at risk of rezoning under the current approach both in the short- and long-term.
“As parents, community members and voters, all we want is academic certainty for the children in our community and across the district,” said Erin Miles, a 1995 graduate of FBISD’s Clements High School. “We don’t want to take from one to give to another. We want equality and a stable educational environment for every child. Our support has been behind FBISD and the board for years through volunteerism and financial contributions to our schools. It’s going to be very tough for our community to continue to support anything other than a long-term approach to growth and a solid education.”
The FBISD Board of Trustees meeting is tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Fort Bend County Annex located at 16411 Lexington, Sugar Land. Representatives from the No More Band-Aids group will address the Board.
We want to pursue a 10-year, long term strategy to address long-term capacity shortfalls in elementary, middle and high schools within the Ridge Point feeder pattern. This long-range plan stands in contrast to the short-term, stop-gap Band-Aids which have been pursued in recent years, which must come to an end. #StopTheBand-Aids https://fbisdnomorebandaids.com/