Despite mixed reaction from the community, and reservations from some board members, the Austin school district will continue to move forward with a plan for two single-sex middle schools.
The board could vote as soon as next month on creating the schools, one at Pearce Middle School and one at Garcia Middle School, which would serve one attendance area. The revamped middle schools could open as early as 2013-14.
Under the plan, students who opt out of the single-gender schools will be transferred to neighboring middle schools, potentially Dobie, Webb, Lamar and Martin.
During a 2.5-hour discussion Monday night, board members told Superintendent Meria Carstarphen that they want evidence that a single-gender school would outperform coed schools. They also want a justification for moving on it earlier than the other annual academic and facility recommendations, which won't be approved until December.