EPISD–avoiding reconstitution

Innovation indeed.

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”.

Failing 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.”

Community schools

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

Brutus

5 Responses to EPISD–avoiding reconstitution

  1. anonymous says:

    Maybe one of Cabrera’s friends needs a facility for their charter school.

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  2. puzzled says:

    What is a “community school?”

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  3. Anon says:

    There is no there there.

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  4. Chuco Nerd says:

    Hmm… that’s an interesting interpretation of the item posted. Personally from what I’m reading it looks like they are saying that all of their schools are “community schools” and that because they are all part of the community they should be more cooperative with other neighborhood organizations and needs. So if a neighborhood association needed a place to have a meeting or big event it would be possible for the schools to volunteer their space. If the City (or someone opposed to the City) wanted to have a neighborhood meeting they could use the space. Basically anything that came up that wasn’t directly related to school business would have a way of reaching out to the district and asking for permission to use the facilities.

    I suppose your interpretation could also happen but that doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever heard of the school district doing. OTOH, sharing their facilities is something that they do to some extent (that is part of the reason why tracks are left open at many campuses so that folks in the neighborhood can make use of those facilities when the school isn’t using them). I think they are talking about giving everyone in the community fair access to a gymnasium or auditorium etc. and making the process official and sanctioned. They justify it by using the term “community school” probably because “neighborhood school” doesn’t apply to some campuses and they don’t want people to think they can only use spaces in their “neighborhood”. If that’s the case then I think it’s a good thing, but I suppose only time will tell.

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