Fort Worth ISD trustees approve $2M study to look at school building capacity

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On Tuesday night the Fort Worth ISD trustees voted unanimously to pass a resolution calling for a study that will help them create a plan to address issues that a drastic drop in enrollment over the last seven years is causing.

According to Fort Worth ISD the study will analyze the following:

● Educational programming

● Operating costs

● Per pupil costs

● Staffing structures

● Student dislocation

● Building capacity

● Projected enrollment

● Desirability of the site

● Building and property condition

● Life expectancy of the building

● Community use of the facility and historical context

This is in the hopes of helping the district "rightsize" which currently can serve 90,000 students while it has just 72,783 students currently enrolled which is a more than 15,000 student decrease since 2016 when the district had 87,233 students enrolled.

The study will be outsourced costing the district more than $2 million.

The district will use the study to create a plan moving forward as their enrollment sees lower numbers.

Fort Worth ISD is pointing to a multitude of reasons for this decline like a lack of family housing options, changing demographics, and more charter and private schools popping up in their area.

In other actions, trustees voted to terminate the Principals at both Eastern Hills and Diamond Hill-Jarvis High Schools.

No reason was ever given for the job actions against Eastern Hills principal Katrina Smith and James Garcia, the principal at Diamond Hill Jarvis where he seems to have a lot of support from parents

Garcia had several supporters speak on his behalf as did Smith. But after meeting in secret session, the trustees emerged to vote 8-0 to fire Garcia with one abstention and 7-0 to terminate Smith with two trustees abstaining.

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