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Plano (Texas) school committee recommends closing 4 schools

May 23, 2024
The district's enrollment has dropped by more than 6,000 in the last decade.

Two elementary schools and two middle schools in the Plano (Texas) district could close if board members follow a committee's recommendations.

The Dallas Morning News reports that a committee of more than 70 parents, district staff and community members, has recommended closing Davis and Forman Elementary and Armstrong and Carpenter Middle schools.

Closing the campuses would save the district roughly $5.2 million in annual operating costs, according to estimates.

Declining enrollment is a key reason for considering shutting down campuses, officials said. About a decade ago, Plano had 54,551 students. Now it has just under 48,000.

Among the factors that the committee weighed to reach their decisions: the age of buildings, the expense of renovations and whether nearby campuses could accommodate students from facilities that close.

If the board approves school closures, they would not be carried out until the beginning of the 2025-26 school year.

About the Author

Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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