Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Houston schools spend $1.2 million to ditch Confederate building names; parents sue

Via David


Parents are irate that the Houston Independent School District will spend over one million dollars for the costs associated with the renaming of eight schools — so irate, in fact, that they’re suing.

Superintendent Ken Huewitt asked the school board to approve the $1,245,197 on Thursday, and had said on Monday that this agenda item was in response to the lawsuit.

As the Houston Chronicle reports, the lawsuit suit claims that, at a past board meeting, the costs for renaming were initially listed as “none.” Then, in May, the costs were listed as coming from the “general fund – fund balance.”

The million-plus figure includes “updates to the affected school facilities; uniforms for athletics, band and Reserve Officer Training Corps; and temporary banners for schools being rebuilt.”
In a statement released Wednesday, the district said

By their nature, the costs associated with renaming the schools are not known precisely when the decisions were made. These are refined over time and HISD administration has presented updated information since before it was served with the lawsuit and will continue to do so in the future.  The court has heard oral argument and testimony over two days in this lawsuit. The parties are submitting briefs to the court this week and next and anticipate a decision soon after.

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