Austin ISD board votes to close four schools

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November 19, 2019 - 8:19 am

AUSTIN ( -- Austin ISD trustees signed off on the closing of four schools Monday night.

The board voted 6-3 in favor of closing Brooke, Metz, Sims, and Pease Elementary schools.

Three of the four schools are located on the city's east side; opponents of the plan have called the process rushed, and the district's own equity officer, Stephanie Hawley, told trustees Monday night the closures map is "what 21st century racism looks like."

More than 80 people signed up to speak to trustees during Monday night's public comment session; all of them spoke against the closure plan.

District officials, in September, released an initial plan that called for the closing of 12 campuses, citing campus conditions and underenrollment factors. All of the campuses on that original list are still under consideration, officials say, with community conversations around the closures set to resume in January.

Officials say the closings will save the district a little less than $4 million a year.

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