Make Your Voice Heard by the AISD Facility Master Plan Task Force

January 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm

You can submit comments through their online questionnaire until January 17th here: http://www.snapsurveys.com/swh/surveylogin.asp?k=129485034382

Feel free to use the template language below as starting points, if it is helpful. The text in [brackets] are areas we ask that you personalize. Please add your own stories and feelings as well; they should hear your feelings about the impact AISD’s plans will have on you, your families and community.

Sample Language for Community Members:

I have been a part of the East Austin community for [    ] years and in that time have watched this community [insert personal story about your experience, what you have seen change over the years, what you want for your community.]

Because of this I ask that the AISD Facility Master Plan Task Force take the East Austin College Prep proposal to lease Eastside Memorial High School seriously.

I believe this proposal offers a way for AISD to save money in this hard economic time and gives our community what it needs – an option for quality education for our children. For too long our children, their education and their opportunities to succeed have been ignored.

As we look to the future we want partnerships and solutions that offer opportunities to our families. The East Austin College Prep option of leasing out a school that is underutilized and under-performing does just that. I ask that AISD lease Eastside Memorial High School, either its entirety or a portion of the building, to East Austin College Prep. They would take over related operational and facilities costs of running the school from AISD through a long-term, low-cost lease. East Austin College Prep would continue to offer the services it currently provides to the community, including a quality education, school-based health clinic, employment services, childcare services, cultural arts programs, afterschool programs and parental education.

This arrangement will enable two very significant things to happen:

1.     AISD could save significant funding annually by not having to operate this underutilized school. The cost savings could then be redirected to help AISD keep other campuses open and operating.

2.     It would offer our community, and our children, with the stable and consistent resource of a quality education that prepares them for successful futures – in particular to attend and succeed in college. This has been lacking in our community and our children deserve this.

Thank you for your consideration.
[Insert your Signature]

Sample Language for Parents:

I am a parent of [   ] children and we live in East Austin. We have been part of this community for [   ] years.  I believe that a good education is one of the most important things that I can provide to my children, but I cannot do it alone.

As AISD considers different approaches to addressing the budget shortfall I think it is important to consider all options, especially those that may avoid having to close a recognized or exemplary school.  The East Austin College Prep Academy has made a proposal that gives AISD the chance to reduce their current expenditures AND provide the East Austin community with access to quality education that prepares our children for success in college. This is the kind of education that the children of East Austin deserve and that can strengthen our community.

I am asking that you consider leasing Eastside Memorial High School, either in its entirety or a portion of the building, to East Austin College Prep. East Austin College Prep could expand the services it currently provides to the community including a quality education, school-based health clinic, employment services, childcare services, cultural arts programs, afterschool programs and parental education.   They would also take over related operational and facilities costs of running the school from AISD through a long-term, low-cost lease.

This arrangement will make two very significant things happen:

1)       AISD could save significant funding annually by not having to operate an underutilized school. The cost savings could then be redirected to help AISD keep other campuses open and operating.

2)       It would offer our community, and our children, with a stable and consistent quality education that prepares them for successful futures – in particular to attend and succeed in college. This has been lacking in our community and our children deserve this.

I ask that you give this proposal serious consideration.  I know that the current plan is talking about closing 9 schools and redistricting an additional 2. By leasing the Eastside Memorial campus to the East Austin College Prep Academy, the school district will be save funds that can be reinvested.

Thank you for your consideration.
[Insert your Signature]

Sample Language for Students:

I am in the [   ]th grade and I live in East Austin. I currently go to the East Austin College Prep Academy.  I would like you to consider supporting the proposal East Austin College Prep presented at the AISD Facility Master Plan Task Force meeting.

If AISD allows East Austin College Prep to lease Eastside Memorial High School, then they continue to provide me, my friends and other kids in East Austin with a school that is preparing us for success in college. I like it there – I get to learn about math and science, we talk about things that happen in our community and how we can change them.  All of us at the school know we are going to go to college. And we support each other with that goal.

I think you should let other kids in East Austin have the chance to attend a school that prepares us for college and our future opportunities. Give us space to continue our education and make this school available to all the kids in this community so they can succeed too.

Thank you,
[Insert your Signature]

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