Release of Austin ISD school changes scenarios postponed until September


Austin ISD will be pushing the timeline for its school changes process back one month, according to an Aug. 1 announcement by the district.

A timeline for the district’s ongoing school changes process—in which district administration is evaluating closing, consolidating and rezoning schools to better use district resources and save money overtime— was set by the district back in February. Based on the original timeline, initial scenarios regarding possible closures and other related changes were scheduled to be released in mid August.

However, the Aug. 1 announcement states scenarios will now be made public on Sept. 6. According to the district, staff requires more time to analyze and prepare scenarios than expected due to “an incredible amount of feedback from the community.”

Based on the new timeline outlined by the district, scenarios will be revised this fall after their September release, with final recommendations scheduled to come to the board of trustees for approval Nov. 18.

The estimated time school changes will go into effect is August 2020, the start of the 2020-21 school year.

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Nicholas Cicale
Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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