Harlandale ISD holds public meeting as it considers closing several schools

The district is asking for feedback from parents about whether or not to close five elementary schools in the district.

SAN ANTONIO — A major decision up for discussion in Harlandale ISD about whether to close five elementary schools in the district. Families are expected to give feedback at a meeting Wednesday evening. 

It’s scheduled to star tat 6:15 p.m. 

Superintendent Gerardo Soto sent a letter to parents saying a final decision on the plan has not yet been made. Read the letter here:

The board is expected to vote on the proposal later this month.

Soto said the district has seen declining enrollment in the district over the past decade, and they project it will only continue over the next several years. By 2031, district leaders say, it could lose more than 3,100 students.

Low birth rates and a lack of residential development are the driving forces behind the declining student population in the area.

Harlandale ISD receives $6,000 for each student from the State of Texas. But the recent decline has been so significant that the district is now down $12 million.

Parents, however, say they need options because they don’t want to send their kids to other schools. Others are worried that without consolidation the district will disappear altogether.

The district is looking at possibly consolidating the schools with the help of their 2022 bond.

Families can give their opinon on the plan at a board workshop being held Wednesday..

The meeting will be start at 6:15 p.m. at the STEM Early College High School on Apollo St. We will stream it in the video player above. 


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