EPISD’s policy committee is scheduled to consider a change to their “NON SCHOOL USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES” policy at their Wednesday, April 5, 2017 committee meeting.
They are to consider changing policy GKD to include:
The District shall permit use of District facilities by community organizations identified through a community schools needs assessment survey and approved by the community schools coordinator and/or Superintendent’s designee. Community schools are both a place and a set of partnerships between the schools and other community resources. Community schools facilitate an integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement that leads to improved student learning. These organizations shall not be charged a building rental fee for the use of designated facilities. The Superintendent shall develop an administrative regulation to establish a community schools use agreement that will address associated fees to the community partner as well as other facilities issues.
The change would allow the district to give free rent to “community schools”.
Under the current rules in Texas if a school campus (like our Bowie) is rated unacceptable two years in a row, the Texas education commissioner must issue an order to reconstitute the campus.
A Texas senator has proposed senate bill SB193 that would change the rules.
“Under her present bill, once a school gets identified as failing for two years it would become a community school circumventing closure, reconstitution, and charter school repurposing.”
If SB193 passes, EPISD could work to convert Bowie to a community school and thus avoid losing control of the school.
The proposed changes to GKD would allow the district to let a new community school use the Bowie campus for free.
Look for the policy change to pass the committee vote and end up on a future school board agenda.
We deserve better