Ideas for Austin (Texas) School District Facilities Plan Revised

Marion Herbert's picture
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Austin school district might move students out of schools but won't officially close campuses in 2012-13, Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said Monday during a school board meeting.

The statement came in response to a question by Trustee Annette LoVoi about community involvement in the development of facility recommendations for the next school year. Two proposals would increase the number of schools offering two-way dual-language programs, which teach all children a new language, and revamp the district's alternative education program. Other proposals would relieve crowding in North Austin elementary schools and start a network of district-managed charter schools in East Austin that would feed into Eastside Memorial High School.

Administrators said the charter school network would strengthen the middle school options for Eastside. Officials said the charter would serve students in the lower grades for the first three years and then move to Eastside Memorial afterward. Carstarphen said the district would ask a charter school partner for a noncompete agreement, so it wouldn't compete with the district for students during the collaboration.