The Austin High School campus is poised to become one school again. 24 on a proposal to consolidate the campus from the three current schools into one.Teachers and staff at the three schools – Austin Polytechnical Academy, Austin Business & Entreprenuership Academy and VOISE Academy– have known consolidation was possible as far back as late 2014.After several years of back and forth, school officials are reexamining whether a school merger would be the ideal solution.CPS has made headlines for its teacher strikes, budget crises, and now again for the encouragement to consolidate two schools –Ogden International and Jenner Academy of the Art.Among the key candidates for consolidation are the state’s 859 local school districts, which consume nearly two-thirds of the billion in local property taxes that local governments across Illinois collect each year.Illinois has the fifth-largest number of school districts in the nation.
The Austin CAC submitted its plan to CPS and the board in November.
Additionally, it has also shut down a prekindergarten program to account for 100 more seats in the school totaling around 1,200 students at the east campus. The consolidation proposal has pointed out that low enrollment has negatively impacted academic options for Jenner students.
This certainly threatens the quality of their education as well as their prestige to maintain IB programs. It also highlighted that they do not receive a second language and just recently reintroduced music instruction in 2014.
As we start another school year, I would like to take a few minutes to share with you a proposal to improve public education in our community.
For the past several years, our public schools have experienced shifting enrollment patterns.