AISD set to release new version of School Changes proposal Friday

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AUSTIN (KXAN) ⁠— After weeks of meeting with parents, Austin Independent School District leaders have made changes to the district’s School Changes proposal to close and consolidate schools. Friday afternoon, district leaders are expected to release a new version of the proposal.

The proposal would include specific scenarios the district believes could be enacted in the 2020-21 school year and a list of scenarios for future consideration.

District officials said these changes will include which schools to close.

In a letter to parents this week from AISD Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz, he writes, “we are committed to spending our limited resources wisely by investing in people and programs — not on empty seats and costly repairs to aging buildings,” adding, “my team and I believe deeply that no change at all is not an option.”

The new version of the School Changes proposal will also address districtwide systemic changes, boundary changes and programmatic additions or expansions.

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That means AISD parents can expect to see some schools end up on the chopping block. The original plan targeted a dozen schools for closure or consolidation including Joslin, Palm, Dawson, Metz, Maplewood, Pease, Sims, Brooke, Ridgetop and Pecan Springs elementaries, Webb Middle School and Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Dr. Cruz also mentioned employment in his letter stating staff in good standing in the affected schools are guaranteed a job.

MORE: Austin ISD delays timeline to permanently close some local schools

The school board is expected to vote on the new proposal on Nov. 18.

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