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Posted: Sunday, September 5, 2010 12:00 pm | Updated: 9:18 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Anthony Scott

Killeen Daily Herald

The effects of rezoning are already beginning to show themselves about two weeks into the school year, meaning high schools may be on track to fix overcrowding.

Despite many children grandfathered into their school from last year, the Killeen Independent School District rezoning is starting to shift its student populations.

"The rezoning really, I don't think it had that much of an effect," said Ellison High School Counselor Sarah Noteboom, adding that she thinks many children across the district used grandfathering to stay where they were.

Early estimates showed student populations at high schools that were above their planning capacity. Ellison and Harker Heights High are down from where they were last year by about 149 and 71 students, respectively. Still, the schools are above their planning capacity, which translates into the number of students a specific building can accommodate without using portable buildings for classrooms. All of the high schools have portable buildings.

Enrollment numbers increased at the other two high schools, Killeen and Shoemaker, by about 142 and 30 students, respectively.

KISD Public Information Officer Leslie Gilmore said the district was looking to decrease student enrollment at Harker Heights and Ellison High and increase enrollment at Killeen High. The district was trying to maintain capacity at Shoemaker High.

According to numbers released by Gilmore, Killeen High School is still under its planning capacity, while Shoemaker grew farther beyond its planning capacity.

"We're anticipating that as the grandfathered kids leave, we'll see the long-term results of the rezone," Ellison High School Principal David Dominguez said.

Students in grades nine, 10 and 11 last year were allowed to choose whether or not they would grandfather in to their school or go along with the rezoning efforts, Gilmore said.

"We're pleased with the effect," Dominguez said. "We're pleased with also the way we were able to staff our campus."

The last time the district was rezoned was in the 2004-05 school year, Gilmore said.

Contact Anthony Scott at ascott@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcity.

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