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HISD Announces Plans To Close 10 Elementaries


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Feb. 4, 2005, 12:06AM

HISD announces plans to close 10 elementaries

Six would be shut at the close of the school year; four others by the end of 2006


Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

HISD needs to shut down six elementary schools at the end of the school year because of shrinking enrollment, Houston schools Superintendent Abe Saavedra announced Thursday.


Four more schools would close by 2006 under a plan that Houston Independent School District officials say would save money and give students better access to services.

"We need to offer those kids more than they're getting now," Saavedra said. "This is an issue of education effectiveness and efficiency."

Five of the six schools share principals with another school, and some have as many as 30 students in physical education and fine arts classes.

The proposal comes less than a year after HISD closed four other schools, also citing declining numbers of students. HISD has an enrollment of 209,000 students, about 2,000 fewer than last year.

The six schools that would close this year

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Thats weird!!! So does that mean Houston is not growing?

The schools were chosen because they are in neighborhoods with fewer school-age students, Saavedra said. Since 1990, HISD has closed 10 other similarly situated schools while building 33 to relieve crowding in other parts of the city.

Just a shifting of the population. Looks like the 59-N Corridor is losing people, while other parts of town are growing.

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And a lot of growth is happening in areas outside HISD's boundaries. Some of those neighborhoods are still within the Houston city limits though. For example, there are some big chunks of west Houston in the Alief ISD and some of those areas have seen a lot of new development in the last five years. Same thing with areas that fall within Humble, Clear Creek, Cy-Fair, and Ft. Bend ISD that are still in the Houston city limits.

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