EPISD board will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the fate of academic coaches and the closure of Schuster and Zavala elementary schools.
The district will have to make big cuts in order to meet reductions between $14 to $52 million in funding from the state through proposed House and Senate versions. District officials estimate another $11.5 million is expected to be lost in grants which help fund technology needs and pre-kindergarten.
The district took the first step toward reductions at the March 22 meeting by cutting 116 positions and saving the district about $5.6 million in salaries.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the board will discuss eliminating academic coaching positions and some positions in secondary schools totaling $13 million in salaries. In previous meetings the board discussed eliminating only 10 unfilled academic coaching positions, now all the positions are on the table for reduction.
The board will also vote to close Schuster and Zavala elementary schools at the meeting. The closures would save the district about $2.5 million and the students would be moved to Burleson, Dowell and Crosby elementary schools.
The board voted to postpone the decision to the close the schools at the February 22 board meeting. The closure was strongly opposed by the community members of the schools at the last meeting, who they turned up in full force and filled the room to capacity.
District officials have said tomorrow night’s meeting would include some of the most difficult decisions regarding reductions the district would have to make.
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