At the same time the Austin school district is asking voters to pay for three new schools to ease overcrowding, trustees have approved plans to temporarily shutter the 56-year-old Allan Elementary School.
That contradiction underscores the district’s long-running struggle to distribute its 86,745 students more evenly among 124 campuses. While dozens of schools are overcrowded and swelling with portable classrooms, campuses in other neighborhoods are underenrolled.
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CORRECTION: A graphic accompanying this story has been updated to show that Odom Elementary School was at 100 percent or more of functional capacity for 2012-13.