CDS Comunity Development Strategies
Development abutting, but not crossing the Humble ISD line
There is recent precedent in the Houston area for attempting to transfer a subdivision from one district to another, but not for such a move taking place. In 2007, when the north Harris County subdivision of Northgate Forest in Spring ISD petitioned to be moved to adjacent Klein ISD, the petition failed. Spring ISD’s board voted unanimously against the proposal and Klein ISD also voted down the request, citing issues they found with the legal requirements of the petition. Northgate Forest remains a part of Spring ISD.
It is evident that knowledge and understanding of school district boundaries in the Houston area and across the state of Texas is not sufficient, given their importance to residents, homebuyers, realtors, and developers. The ultimate responsibility of knowing what school district a home is located in rests with the resident themselves, however, efforts to better inform residents should be made. The Texas Education Agency’s tremendously helpful School District Locator website should be widely publicized. Putting up some of those green and white roadside signs to mark school district boundaries would not hurt either.
About the Author: Ty Jacobsen is a GIS and Market Analyst with CDS Community Development Strategies. He has worked on several studies that involved determining the effect of school districts on a development and continues to be puzzled by one of the outside source maps in the CDS data library that claims the existence of a Manvel ISD.