BELTON — Several community members joined Belton Independent School District staff, school board members and attendance zone advisory committee members at a public forum Monday at South Belton Middle School.

The meeting offered an opportunity for the public to voice any concerns about changes to the district’s middle school attendance zones. Belton Middle School is closing at the end of the school year, and that property will be used by Belton High School.

Meanwhile, North Belton Middle School will open in August, joining Lake Belton and South Belton middle schools.

Superintendent Susan Kincannon welcomed more feedback from those attending the meeting.

“We hope to present a recommendation to the school board on Jan. 20,” she said. “What we need to do is to have new boundaries and determine who will go where so we can get students registered.”

Among those in attendance were David Motl and his son, Arthur.

“My son is in Boy Scouts and is required to attend a public meeting, so he’s learning how the process works,” David said.

Asked if they had any favorite maps among the rezoning options, the Motls said they did not.

“We’re in the Lake Belton zone, and I think under any of the maps presented, that would still be the case,” Motl said.

Nicole and Aaron Morrison had a major concern — transportation and the safety of children in the area from Sparta Elementary to Belton High School.

The couple has a son who will be in high school next year and a daughter who will be in fifth grade.

“We’re unhappy with the busing situation in the area,” Aaron said. “In the neighborhood, there’s no turnaround for a bus, but before we were too close to (Belton Middle) School for bus transportation.”

Another hearing is at 6 p.m. today at Lake Belton Middle School, 8818 Tarver Drive.

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