The fate of Allan Elementary in East Austin is up in the air, and district officials are trying to figure out what’s next.
Two years ago, Austin Independent School District board members handed over Allan Elementary to a private charter school system called IDEA. Parents, students and neighbors did not like the idea—of IDEA—and demanded for a community-based school. The board pulled the contract with IDEA after one year.
Since then, the building that was once Allan Elementary has sat empty.
"I was proud of that school," East Austin resident Carmillio Villareal said. "I wish they would open the school again for all these kids around here you know."
While the AISD board figures out the future of Allan, local students are taken by bus to other schools.
"These children have no business being bused,” East Austin resident Julie Sahara said. “They have a school here, and it just should stay open."
Now, school board officials are hoping to gain back the community's trust. Options on the table for Allan include opening a Pre-Kindergarten school, a dual language middle or elementary school, a student career and technical center or even convert the 56 year-old building to an all-boys campus. Another option is to keep to the doors of Allan closed permanently.
The proposals are getting plenty of attention. Concerned community members showed up to Monday’s board meeting, and more public input is welcomed for future meetings.
To weigh in on the Allan debate, visit AustinISD.org.