AISD board postpones Eastside Memorial vote
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A tense crowd waited hours for the Eastside Memorial High School debate to finally come to a close Monday night, but it didn't.
Instead, the board raised concerns over IDEA's contract with the Austin Independent School District. IDEA is a southern-Texas based charter network in talks to take over the long-troubled Eastside Memorial campus.
"I think it's fine to wait a week to give everyone enough time to look at the contract," Board President Mark Williams
The contract would turn Allan Elementary School over to IDEA. The charter school would serve eligible students in grades K, first, second and sixth for the 2012-2013 school year. All other Allan students would attend Govalle or Ortega Elementary Schools.
The contract then states IDEA would transition Eastside Memorial High School into a charter school one grade per year.
"I want to react on something that makes sure we get our children to where they need to be," one board member said.
The board has yet to determine the fate of Eastside Memorial High School, but they approved all other Annual Academic Facilities Recommendations.
To address overcrowding in North Central Elementary schools, sixth grade students at Barrington and Brown Middle Schools will be reassigned to Webb Middle School, sixth grade students at Walnut Creek Elementary School will attend Dobie Middle School, and Dobie will add a pre-K program to receive students from Graham and Hart Elementary Schools. A 2008 bond program will create an elementary school for 669 students.
Protesters were at times disruptive Monday night, but Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said she appreciates the community's engagement on these issues.
"Schools don't belong to the superintendent or the board. They belong to the community,” she said.
Community members said they plan to fight no matter how long it takes. Protesters say they influenced the board's decision to take more time and will be at next week’s meeting in full force.
The board will reconvene Dec. 19.
To see how Monday night’s meeting progressed and Carstarphen’s recommendations for the Facilities Master Plan click here.