DISD to close two schools at the end of the year; open three others

November 23, 2010

The Dallas school district on Tuesday announced several changes for next school year that include the closure of two campuses and the opening of three others in the Wilmer-Hutchins area.

Some of the changes are expected to bring students in Wilmer and Hutchins back to schools in their neighborhood. Hundreds of the kids were absorbed by Dallas ISD in 2005 when Wilmer-Hutchins ISD was closed due to financial problems. The kids were bused to about two dozen southern Dallas campuses.

“It’s going to be a rebirth for Wilmer-Hutchins,” said DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander.

Some of the Wilmer-Hutchins students were sent to Maynard Jackson Middle School in Oak Cliff, which is closing after this school year after years of community members complaining about its poor condition. Maynard students will move to the renovated and expanded Kennedy-Curry Middle School in the Wilmer-Hutchins area.

The district also announced that the new Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School will open next school year. Elementary students that live in Wilmer and Hutchins could relocate to the school. The new Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary will have up to 800 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, according to the district.

Also, the district re-announced plans for A. Maceo Smith High School, which will be recast as the district’s New Tech High School and emphasize technology and project-based learning for up to 400 students. Students in A. Maceo Smith’s attendance zone who don’t attend the New Tech High School would go to a renovated Wilmer-Hutchins High School that also will open next school year.