HISD to continue campus closure discussions

March 29, 2011 4:44:35 PM PDT
Houston ISD has scheduled a series of community meetings to discuss the possibility of closing four elementary schools to help close the district's massive budget gap.

The first of the meetings is scheduled to be held 10am Saturday at Rhoads Elementary, which is one of the campuses under consideration for closure. Meetings also will be held at the three other schools threatened by the budget crisis -- McDade Elementary, Love Elementary and Grimes Elementary.

Houston ISD is facing a $171 million budget deficit and is taking extreme measures to close that gap. The district already has approved reducing its per-student spending by $275 and is expected to vote on eliminating 277 central office jobs during a school board meeting April 7.

But HISD says the per-student funding cuts will have its biggest effect on the smallest schools, which is why the district is considering closing the four elementary schools and relocating their students to nearby campuses.

The initial plan was met by resistance from parents of the students affected by the elementary school closures. During a board meeting in early March, parents urged HISD trustees to reconsider closing the campuses for safety, among other reason.

The district is expected to continue these talks with the community in the meetings its scheduled below.

Saturday, April 2 10 -11:30am - Rhoads Elementary - 4103 Brisbane, 77047
Tuesday, April 5 6- 7:30pm - McDade Elementary - 5815 Hirsch, 77026
Thursday, April 7 5:30 - 7pm - Love Elementary - 1120 W. 13th, 77008
Wednesday, April 13 5:30 - 7pm - Grimes Elementary - 9220 Jutland, 77033

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