More than 100 people crowded the cafeteria at Eastside Memorial High on Saturday to hear presentations from two nationally recognized groups that are vying to help turn around the troubled school.
The consultants, the Washington-based American Institutes for Research and the Baltimore-based Talent Development Secondary of Johns Hopkins University, gave 30-minute presentations and answered questions from the audience about their track records and how they plan to turn Eastside Memorial around.
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The Austin school board Monday night will consider a plan to handle the potential closing of Eastside Memorial High School – a possibility if the state’s education commissioner does not approve of the partner for the troubled school.
Commissioner Michael Williams’ decision on what to do with the campus is due in June.
If the district’s fix-it plan is rejected, its contingency plan calls for creation of a ‘campus within a campus’ for only rising 12th-grade Eastside students. The remaining students would be reassigned to other campuses. Most students would go to McCallum, Travis and Reagan high schools. Parents and students would be notified of their new campus assignments the week of June 17 under the proposed plan.