Other Facts Concerning Consolidation
Why is efficiency important?
Since the 2005 legislative session, the funds BISD receives from the state per pupil to pay for educating our children is less than those in our surrounding communities. During the 2011 legislative session, legislators cut an additional $5.4 billion in state funding for education. These cuts also impacted funds available to BISD.
With the frozen amount from 2005 and the additional cuts from 2011, BISD continues to look for ways to become more efficient. This includes the need to consider consolidating some of the smaller, less efficient campuses. Money saved through consolidation and other means throughout the district is money that can be used for all students in BISD on items such as educational programs, teacher salaries and equipment for students.Will students from the Richland and Birdville elementary schools attendance zone have to walk to the new campus?
No, elementary students who live further than two miles from the new campus or across Highway 10, Belknap Street or Big Fossil Creek will not have to walk to school. They will be offered bus service to the new school.Will teachers lose their jobs because of consolidating campuses?
No. Just because campuses are consolidated doesn't mean the students go away. Teaching staff will be consolidated as well. If at some point fewer teachers are needed, they will be moved to other campuses. However, we feel this will take care of itself with retirements and attrition.
No teachers or administrators will lose their employment in the district because of the proposal.