Looking for a home near Churchill Way? That area is about to get a whole lot more secure.
We told you how Alcuin School on Churchill Way offered an olive branch to its neighbors in the form of a private neighborhood patrol that will cost the school $1 million over a ten year commitment period, as well as many concessions relating to traffic mitigation.
All those moves must be a textbook example of How to Work With the Neighborhood: the Dallas City Council this morning approved Alcuin’s zoning request.
The negotiations and compromises have given Alcuin neighborhood support and respect for its reallocation plans, from neighbors and from the Dallas City Plan Commission. The Plan Commission voted unanimously last month to pass the school’s rezoning request, recommending a pass to the Dallas City Council.
District 11 plan commissioner Jaynie Schultz said she believes the zoning change and the way Alcuin handled it will ultimately make “our neighborhood stronger and safer together.”
The school, a private Montessori institution on Churchill Way between Preston Road and Hillcrest Road, wanted to expand its maximum number of upper-school students in its International Baccalaureate program from 35 to 135, and add grades 10 through 12 in high school over the next few years. This will comes after Alcuin ushered its first freshman class last fall.
Total student enrollment on campus will remain at no more than 700, although the school only has about 550 now. (more…)