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AISD Board To Talk Contract, Backup Plan for Eastside Memorial

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:12 PM CDT
On Monday night, Austin school officials work to keep the doors open at a struggling area high school.

They're not only discussing a plan of action but also a backup plan for students in Eastside Memorial's zone if the state shoots down their plans.

Plan A, for now, is a contract with Johns Hopkins University. On Monday night, the Austin ISD board will vote on approving a nearly $400,000 contract with the university.  

They've already approved a partnership with the school's Talent Development Secondary program to help run Eastside. Before the deal can move forward, it needs to get the OK from the state.

However, if the state decides to close Eastside instead, the district needs to be ready.
On Monday night,  the board will answer how exactly they'll reassign students if the TEA Commissioner orders Eastside to close. 

According to the current plan, Reagan, Travis and McCallum would pick up those 1,100 students in the attendance zone, with more than half going to Reagan.
The incoming juniors and seniors would have their own separate school within a school on Reagan's campus, with its own accountability and ranking system system.

Kids from other high schools could not transfer in.  McCallum would get all other current and rising 9th grade students the Kealing MS zone. Travis and Reagan would get the rest.  International HS would keep running on Eastside's campus.
The district expects the TEA Commissioner to make the decision next month.

Monday's Austin ISD school board meeting starts at 7 p.m.
AISD Board To Talk Contract, Backup Plan for Eastside Memorial

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