Board of Education Considers School Closures and Consolidations

Proposal is in response to deep cuts in state education funding

April 21, 2011
After weeks of research and gathering public feedback, the Houston Independent School District put forward a plan on April 21 to close four small schools and redraw some attendance zones to more evenly distribute children among campuses.

The plan is expected to save HISD $1,675,877 in the 2011–2012 school year. HISD anticipates losing about $160 million in state funding next school year. In addition to saving money, the plan also gives more students greater access to programs and services that smaller schools cannot afford, said Superintendent of Schools Terry B. Grier.

“It has to do with whether schools get so small that they can’t provide children the same level of activities they get in a regular school,” Grier said.
The Board of Education is expected to vote on the plan on May 12.