Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 22, 2011

Zones now mapped

Diagram shows boundaries for Bel Air, South Athens schools

Mollie Bumgardner
The Athens Review

Athens — A public forum was held on Tuesday night to release the attendance zones to the public, and let community members ask questions about the boundary lines.

“Zoning will be for Pre-K through third grade. Anyone on the left of the line will attend Bel Air Elementary, and anyone on the right will attend South Athens,” Assistant Superintendent Mike Green said.

The line has been drawn from U.S. Highway 175 West, to West Larkin Street, to State Highway 19 South. The breakdown of the schools will be as follows:

• Bel Air – 1 percent Asian, 16 percent African American, 46 percent Hispanic, 37 percent Caucasian, and 84 percent reduced lunches.

•  South Athens –  1 percent Asian, 17 percent African American, 42 percent Hispanic, 39 percent Caucasian, and 75 percent reduced lunches.

The zones will be recommended to the board during Thursday night’s regular school board meeting.

The board will then have the opportunity to review the plan and will vote on the zones during the April meeting.    

“The committee is ready to move forward with the recommendation to the board,” Green said. “The district will have to look more closely when it comes to allowing transfer students from outside the district.”

The Athens Independent School District website has a link to the attendance zone map that can be viewed at, and the zones will be presented again to the public during Thursday night’s board meeting at 6 p.m.