The following email was sent about our resolution to AISD.
In a recent vote held by the neighborhood association Friends of Hyde Park, our membership voted to support and encourage the Ridgetop Elementary School being consolidated with the Reilly Elementary School and the Reilly Elementary School being modernized, expanded, and converted into a World Languages/Culture school in the next 12 years. 101 out of our 372 members voted. 80% of the members that voted supported the resolution.
Our neighborhood association, Friends of Hyde Park (friendsofhydepark.com), is the largest neighborhood association in Hyde Park, has more participation of residents in our votes out of any other neighborhood association in the area, and strives to represent how the majority of the neighborhood residents feel about neighborhood issues. Closing the Ridgetop Elementary School would impact our neighborhood directly. Hyde Park children could benefit from a newer, modern, and safer campus that teaches many different languages including English, Spanish, Chinese, and/or Arabic with a multicultural focus that would expand on the current successful dual language model at the Ridgetop Elementary School. We ask that AISD consider these needs when considering the future of the Ridgetop Elementary School.
For more information on our membership's vote on the Ridgetop Elementary School please visit http://friendsofhydepark.com/record-of-votes/ or view the full resolution below.
“AISD wants to consolidate the Ridgetop Elementary School with the nearby Reilly Elementary School. AISD says the option being considered is to modernize, expand, and convert Reilly into a World Languages/Culture school in the next 12 years. AISD says that it would be a first of its kind school in Austin that would teach many different languages including English, Spanish, Chinese, and/or Arabic with a multicultural focus. AISD says that Ridgetop isn't large enough to expand in the future and maintenance costs would be lower with 1 modern facility vs multiple small, ageing facilities. AISD says Reilly has more land for expansion, easier access, further removed from busy streets, which make it a better candidate for expansion, even going up. The current Ridgetop School could be repurposed as a district facility - offices, flex space, etc. AISD staff affirm that when, or IF, a transition happens, it will be thoughtful, slow and intentional for the benefit of the kids, families, staff and teachers/admin.” “I support the Ridgetop Elementary School being consolidated with the Reilly Elementary School and the Reilly Elementary School being modernized, expanded, and converted into a World Languages/Culture school in the next 12 years.”
Please consider supporting this change that could benefit our neighborhood, our children, and its residents.
- Friends of Hyde Park Board