Parents fight to keep Zavala Elementary School open


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Parents and neighbors of Zavala Elementary School are rallying Monday to keep their school open.

Residents of the east Austin neighborhood claim the Austin Independent School District is not being transparent about the future of Zavala Elementary.

Last month, the school board voted to invest money into nearby Sanchez Elementary, which could put the futures of Metz and Zavala elementary schools in jeopardy.

All three schools are within 1.3 miles of each other in east Austin and the district could consolidate them.

The district argues student enrollment has dropped at each of the schools for years, and that they are no longer financially solvent.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, AISD said it is investing $500,000 in upgrades to Zavala and Metz elementary schools, and will continue to invest in east Austin students and communicate with the neighborhood as the projects move forward.

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