As A DOSE OF REALITY pointed out the other day the district is not asking its facilities advisory committee to consider the cost of closing schools.
The EPISD school board has not made final decisions but it is considering asking the voters for a $500-700 million bond program that among other things would allow them to consolidate schools that they feel don’t have enough students.
Thirteen elementary schools are being considered for closure.
Those thirteen properties have value. The presentations that have been given to their facilities advisory committee do not address what the district will do with the closed schools. Mothballing the schools will cost money. No mention is made of mothballing. Tearing down the schools will cost money. No mention is made of demolition costs.
They could sell the schools to developers. They could sell the schools to charter schools. They could place central office functions in some of the facilities. Many possibilities exist.
Those properties are worth money. No mention is made in the district’s plans of using the proceeds of the sale of the closed schools to lower the bond.
Evidently that’s extra money that they don’t want us to think about.
We deserve better