By Alex Wukman
The Austin Independent School District will begin a series of meetings on Monday, Sept. 23, to discuss the proposed closure and consolidation of 12 campuses.
The closures and consolidations are expected to save the district about $240 million in maintenance costs, while also helping students academically. The majority of the closures, eight out of 12, will be in East Austin — a historically underserved community.
News of the closures prompted state Rep. Sheryl Cole (HD-46), whose district includes East Austin, to ask Austin ISD leaders “What are you doing to my kids?”
Cole also considers the closures a little premature, because AISD won’t know how the district’s budget will improve with the passage of HB-3, which included $11 billion for public education.
The closures are scheduled to start next year and extend through the 2024-25 school year.