AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Austin Independent School Board approved a plan to help improve Eastside Memorial High School on Monday.
The board endorsed the implementation plan for their contract with Johns Hopkins University, 8-0.
After the board last month approved a contract with Talent Development Secondary of Johns Hopkins University to run the historically low-performing school, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams asked for addition information.
Specifically, Williams was seeking a feeder plan for Eastside that includes details on what will be done to help students academically at the elementary and middle schools that send students to Eastside. The TEA will now make a decision on the whole situation.
TEA spokesman Gene Acuna the state agency and local school officials "have been working closely together and have been in contact about what's going on at that high school."
Acuna said Williams and his staff have been meeting with AISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphan and others with the district to lay out what is necessary in the feeder plan.
Acuna said he expects Williams to give it a thumbs up or down very soon.
Meanwhile, an Austin attorney wrote a letter to the Williams urging him to do whatever he can to help the school succeed. Attorney Brian McGiverin wrote the letter with Steve Swanson, a volunteer in the Eastside High community. Neither have children that go to the school.
The Commissioner wanted the phrase added AISD's plan saying if the academic rating for Eastside is not acceptable for both 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years, the board will on its own motion order the campus closed for at least one full school year.
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