After rounds of public dissent and protest, the Austin Independent School District (AISD) backed off on naming specific schools that would potentially close under the new facilities plan created by a special task force. Back in March, the task force submitted their final recommendations without specifically naming which schools they would suggest closing, though that list was widely discussed prior to the final report.
Now, Superintendent Meria Carstarphen wants to begin discussions on the topic again, in light of projected budgetary shortfalls. According to a story by kutnews.org, the superintendent has suggested a timeline for adopting the master plan and putting it into use. With AISD facing a deficit of more than $94 million this year alone, the discussion of how to get better value out of their existing facilities is an important one.
Dr. Carstarphen is suggesting a September 2011 deadline for officials of the district to finalize their recommendation of the master plan. By November, public hearings will be held, final edits and changes will be completed, and the board will vote, according to the timeline.
The facilities plan is intended to guide the decisions of the district for the next 10 years. Coincidently, the Imagine Austin project is seeking to shape development in the city over the next 10 years. Closing any schools should reflect today’s reality as well as projections based on the Imagine Austin project in order to best move our city forward.
Mission Mortgage has been following this story for quite some time and provides these links to our previous posts to help fill you in on the full story.
– AISD Considers School Closures (Jan 10, 2011)
– AISD School Closures Considers Alternatives (Jan 20, 2011)
– More AISD Schools Added To Closure List (Jan 27, 2011)
– AISD Backs Off School Closures (Mar 10, 2011)
– Imagine Austin Proceeds Forward (Mar 15, 2011)