San Antonio school board approves district restructuring plan

April 27, 2010
As many as 13 schools could close, but not for at least 3 years
FromThe San Antonio Express-News: Trustees of the San Antonio Independent School District have voted to move forward with the first phase of a district restructuring plan that could close as many as 13 schools. No schools will close until at least the 2013-14 school year because 10 schools designated as “receiving” schools must be renovated first. The administration estimates the renovations will take three years. Both the closures and the renovations are contingent on the passage of a bond issue in November. In the first phase of the plan, six schools would shut: Austin Academy, Brewer Elementary, Nelson Elementary, Smith Elementary, Steele Elementary and W.W. White Elementary. OCTOBER 2009...from The San Antonio Express-News: San Antonio (Texas) Independent School District trustees have put the district on track to close 13 schools during the next decade. The board has given the administration the green light to work out details of a restructuring plan. As of now, the plan calls for the number of district schools to decrease from 87 to 74; 10 other campuses would be restructured.

JULY 2009...from The San Antonio Express-News: San Antonio Independent School District officials unveiled three school closure proposals that could result in as many as 21 schools closing as officials look to “right-size” the district, where a steady enrollment decline has resulted in some half-empty facilities. The closures would take place over a decade with the first coming no earlier than 2010. The estimated savings are as high as $40 million a year. The plans call for school reconfigurations and conversions — such as going from a high school to a middle school — and extensive school modernization projects, requiring voter-approved bonds.

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