Waco ISD to hear proposal on closing eight schools

POSTED: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 12:41pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Tonight Waco ISD meeting to discuss closing eight of its schools in order to cut costs under a shrinking budget.

By avoiding cutting school programs that will affect the educational curriculum, the district has proposed closing down eight of the smaller campuses.

Which is estimated to save between half a million to $650,000 a year.

"Economically you're better off with a larger elementary campus than a smaller elementary campus cause you have some fixed overhead cost whether you're serving 200 to 250 students or 600 to 650 students, you have roughly the same overhead cost of running a building an hiring a principal and the administrative staff," said Dale Caffey, Waco ISD spokesman.

The district says a big concern is making sure the community understands the decision so there will be online videos and public feedback forums.

Including meetings held in Spanish for the community to access full information of the process.

A decision is expected in February of next year.

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