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School Consolidation Information for
Pearl C. Anderson Middle School


Architectural Rendering of Billy Earl Dade Middle Learning Center
 The New Billy Earl Dade Middle School

In January 2012, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees approved the consolidation of 11 schools due to the Texas Legislature’s unprecedented cuts of $100 million to Dallas schools. 

In accordance with established district policy, the schools approved for consolidation were predominantly campuses that were significantly underutilized, had low enrollment or were in close proximity to other campuses with available student capacity.

Ten schools were consolidated last year and Pearl C. Anderson Middle Learning Center was scheduled to be consolidated with Billy Earl Dade Middle School at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

The consolidation process is on target, and students from Anderson and Dade will attend the new, state-of-the-art Billy Earl Dade Middle School opening this fall near the current Dade location.
 
In addition to the impact on students at Anderson and Dade, this consolidation will affect students advancing to 6th grade from Joseph J. Rhoads and Charles Rice learning centers, and Ascher Silberstein and Oran M. Roberts elementary schools. 
 

Letter from the President of the Board of Trustees

Letter from the President of the Board of Trustees
March 1, 2013

Due to the unprecedented cut of $100 million in funding to Dallas schools by the Texas Legislature, in January 2012, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees approved a plan to consolidate 11 schools. Schools were chosen for consolidation based on low enrollment numbers or were in close proximity to other campuses with available student capacity. Ten of these schools were consolidated at the end of last school year. Pearl C. Anderson Middle Learning Center was scheduled for consolidation at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

This was one of the toughest decisions in recent history we have ever had to make as a board. We understand the significant impact a neighborhood school can have in a community. While we were put in a difficult position by the Legislature’s funding cuts, our commitment to the students of Dallas ISD never waned, and the dedication of our teachers, principals and staff never faltered as they continued to focus on student achievement.

Dallas ISD is moving forward to complete the consolidation plan. At the end of this school year, Pearl C. Anderson will consolidate with Billy Earl Dade Middle School. It will be a new beginning for students at both campuses as they will attend a new, state-of-the-art Billy Earl Dade Middle School opening this fall.

The new Dade campus is part of the 2008 Bond program and will provide a 213,616 sq. ft. facility with the capacity to serve 1,000 students. It will include 28 classrooms, a 457-seat auditorium, multiple computer and science labs, and many other amenities which will enhance the learning environment for our students.

This has been one of the district’s most challenging times, and it has required everyone working together for our students’ well-being. We are grateful to our teachers and principals who have done an outstanding job, and we appreciate every parent, community member and partner for working with us through the consolidation process.

Community meetings will be planned for the students and parents affected by the Anderson consolidation. The dates will be communicated well in advance. This Web page will provide Frequently Asked Questions that will be updated as we continue to hear from the community and work through this last stage of the consolidation plan. You will also find supporting documents to provide background information on the consolidation decision and process.

The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees remains committed to the students of Dallas ISD as we work to improve student achievement and ensure that each child has every opportunity to succeed. We appreciate the work each of you do to advocate for children.  

Sincerely, 

Lew Blackburn, Ph. D.
President, Dallas ISD Board of Trustees

School Meetings & Locations

School Meeting Location  Meeting Date  Time 
Oran M. Roberts Elementary School
[Meeting location: at
Eduardo Mata Elementary School] 
05/06  6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Joseph J. Rhoads Learning Center 05/07  6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Ascher Silberstein Elementary School  05/13  6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Pearl C. Anderson Middle School  05/14  6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Charles Rice Learning Center  05/16  6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
 

School Consolidation FAQs

Approved Rezoned Attendance Boundaries

Updated 2013-2014 Attendance Boundary Maps (3/1/2012)

 

Updated 2012-2013 Attendance Boundary Maps (2/21/2012) 

News Releases

Community Meetings Scheduled for Schools Impacted by the Pearl C. Anderson Middle School Consolidation
04/12/2013

Dallas ISD will hold community meetings for the schools impacted by the consolidation of Pearl C. Anderson Middle Learning Center with the new Billy Earl Dade Middle School beginning fall 2013.

The consolidation will affect schools that currently feed into Anderson, which include: Charles Rice and Joseph J. Rhoads learning centers which will now feed into the new Dade; Ascher Silberstein Elementary, which will now feed into Ann Richards Middle School. It also includes Oran M. Roberts Elementary which will now feed into J.L. Long Middle School or the new Dade.

The move marks the final stages of the 2012-13 School Consolidation Plan approved by the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees last school year due to unprecedented cuts by the Texas Legislature of $100 million in school funding. Under the plan, 10 other schools were consolidated at the end of last school year.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

May 6
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Oran M. Roberts Elementary School
(meeting held at Eduardo Mata Elementary School, 7420 La Vista Dr.)

May 7
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Joseph J. Rhoads Learning Center
4401 Second Ave.

May 13
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Ascher Silberstein Elementary School
5940 Hollis Ave.

May 14
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Pearl C. Anderson Middle Learning Center
3400 Garden Ln.

May 16
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Charles Rice Learning Center
2425 Pine St.

For additional information, visit http://www.dallasisd.org/schoolconsolidation.


Trustees Approve Consolidation Plan
01/27/2012

The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees has approved a plan to consolidate 11 schools, including nine elementary schools and two middle schools, with other Dallas ISD campuses beginning next school year as a cost-saving measure.

The overall cost savings is estimated at approximately $11.5 million.

Dallas ISD is projecting a preliminary budget deficit for next year of $25 million as a result of unprecedented cuts to public education by the Texas Legislature during the 2011 legislative session.

The schools to be consolidated with other campuses include: City Park Elementary School; Julia C. Frazier Elementary School; Phillis Wheatley Elementary School; N.W. Harllee Elementary School; Arlington Park Elementary School; James W. Fannin Elementary School; James B. Bonham Elementary School; Oran M. Roberts Elementary School; D.A. Hulcy Middle School; H.S. Thompson Elementary School; and, during the 2013-14 school year, Pearl C. Anderson Middle School.

In accordance with district policy, the schools that will be consolidated with others are predominantly campuses that are significantly underutilized, have low enrollment, or are in close proximity to other campuses with available student capacity.

This past spring, a citizens budget review commission appointed by the Board of Trustees recommended that the district examine the possibility of consolidating some campuses with others to save money.

The majority of the schools that will be consolidated with others have fewer than 300 students. Seven of the 11 campuses recommended for consolidation with others are currently operating at less than 60 percent capacity.


Ad Hoc Committee Receives Recommendations for School Consolidations
Estimated Savings of $11.5 Million; Trustees to Consider in January
11/17/2011

DALLAS-An ad hoc committee of the Board of Trustees received a recommendation today that eleven schools, including 9 elementary schools and 2 middle schools, be considered for consolidation with other campuses beginning next school year as a cost-saving measure.

After receiving $63 million less from the state during the current school year and cutting nearly $80 million, Dallas ISD is facing another $38 million decrease in state funding during the 2012-13 school year as a result of cuts to public education by the Texas Legislature.

In accordance with established district policy, the schools recommended for consolidation with others are predominantly campuses that are significantly underutilized, have low enrollment or are in close proximity to other campuses with available student capacity.

The overall cost savings are estimated at approximately $11.5 million.

“This past spring, the citizens budget review commission recommended to the board and the administration that the district examine the possibility of consolidating campuses with others to save money,” said Interim Superintendent of Schools and Chief Financial Officer Alan King. “This is just the first step in that process. There will be public hearings followed by a scheduled vote of the board in January that will include numerous attendance boundary changes.”

The schools recommended for consolidation with other campuses include: City Park Elementary School; Julia C. Frazier Elementary School; Phillis Wheatley Elementary School; N.W. Harllee Elementary School; Arlington Park Elementary School; James W. Fannin Elementary School; James B. Bonham Elementary School; Oran M. Roberts Elementary School; D.A. Hulcy Middle School; H.S.; Thompson Elementary School; and, during the 2013-14 school year, Pearl C. Anderson Middle School.

A majority of the schools recommended for consolidation have less than 300 students. Seven of the eleven campuses recommended for consolidation with others are operating at less than 60% capacity. The $11.5 million in savings would be a result of having less administrative overhead, reduced utility costs, reduced maintenance and custodial costs and possibly fewer teachers.

Principals, teachers and staff at schools that are consolidated with others will have an opportunity to apply for positions at campuses where students will be transferred. They will also have the opportunity to apply for other available teaching positions within the district.

“Every effort will be made to provide other opportunities within the district for these teachers and other staff,” said King. “Just because a school’s population has declined over time does not mean that these educators are not valuable to us—they are.”

The recommendations to the Ad Hoc Committee of the Board of Trustees are the first step in a process that is defined by board policy. The board will discuss the recommendations in December and public hearings will be held in December and January. In order to get ready for the 2012-13 school year, a vote by the board of trustees on consolidating campuses and corresponding attendance zone changes will be scheduled for January.

“These recommendations are not made lightly. After last year’s cuts of $80 million, there are simply few options available to make additional cost reductions that are significant,” said King. “These are hard choices and they will not be popular, but shifting demographics and declining resources make them necessary. It should be noted that at least seven schools impacted in the past have re-opened as a result of changing demographic patterns. ”

In the early 1980s, students attending several Dallas ISD schools with declining enrollment were transferred to other campuses. Those schools have long since been re-opened and are now thriving.

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Demographic Study

The following demographic study conducted by Population & Survey Analysts (PASA) provides analysis of Dallas ISD demographic trends, housing projections, TIF districts, and projected enrollment.

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