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Nacogdoches ISD looking at shifting some elementary students to new campuses

Seven new classrooms and a larger cafeteria are under construction at Raguet Elementary in Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE Staff) Seven new classrooms and a larger cafeteria are under construction at Raguet Elementary in Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The new wing will be used for the addition of 120 students should the NISD school board approve new attendance zones at the Thursday board meeting. (Source: KTRE Staff) The new wing will be used for the addition of 120 students should the NISD school board approve new attendance zones at the Thursday board meeting. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The changes are designed to lower class size at schools that have received a troubling "improvement required" order from the state.  (Source: KTRE Staff) The changes are designed to lower class size at schools that have received a troubling "improvement required" order from the state. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Some Nacogdoches children could be attending a different elementary school in the fall.

On Thursday, new attendance zones will be presented to the school board for the Nacogdoches Independent School District. Preparation for the adjustment is already underway.  

Raguet Elementary is undergoing an expansion that will include seven new classrooms and a bigger cafeteria. The redesign is to make room for about 120 additional students. They'll mostly come from other campuses if the board approves the attendance zone changes.

"We're trying to lower the number at a couple of other campuses, especially Carpenter and Fredonia,” said Grey Burton, NISD’s associate superintendent.

The two campuses Burton mentioned have received a troubling “improvement required” statuses from the state. The goal is to lower the teacher-to-student ratio.  

"We hope that it allows that staff there to concentrate more with a smaller group of children,” Burton said.

Burton said transfers in and out of the district will keep changes to the campus demographics to a minimum.

“One to two percentages in any subgroup,” Burton said. “It's less than that."

Work crews are creating additional space. Pending zone approval, administrators will search for the teachers.  

"The interview process and moving teachers around for what we need, and we're excited to get new blood into Raguet and new teachers to come in and join our teacher family as well,” said James Allen, the assistant principal at Raguet Elementary.

Administrators say they didn't see a need to redraw every line across the district. Instead, they concentrated on where new space is available and where changes would have the most impact.

The attendance zone proposal will be presented to the Nacodoches School Board Tuesday evening. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the EJ Campbell District Support Center on South Shawnee Street.

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