Leander ISD has received questions about information in the local media related to the possible closing of schools as a result of the May 6 bond election. An article published in the April edition of Community Impact includes a graphic that does not represent the district’s updated approach to managing growth and repurposing campuses.
We would like to reiterate that during an April 4 meeting, the LISD Board of Trustees and the Superintendent agreed to take repurposing in a new direction. The district is no longer planning to use funds in the bond proposal for closing neighborhood schools. Instead, if the bond proposition that includes funding for repurposing schools is approved, the district will work in partnership with the community to optimize facilities while also keeping neighborhood schools open. As Superintendent Bruce Gearing explained in a video conversation with Board President Trish Bode, repurposing could instead mean using part of a school with relatively low enrollment for a different purpose, rather than closing the school entirely.
The community has clearly expressed that it does not want neighborhood schools to be closed, and the district has shifted its approach to the Long-Range Plan in response to that sentiment. Passage of Proposition A in the May 6 bond election will not result in the closing of any LISD schools.