Save Seele Elementary!

Save Seele Elementary!

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May 6, 2022
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Started by Drew Eddy

Seele Elementary is a small, 260-student school in the heart of New Braunfels that employs many exceptional, long-term teachers and staff. Students have smaller class sizes and individual attention, and the excellent school ratings reflect that. Seele has a rich history and is named after one of the city's founding fathers and first school teacher, German pioneer Hermann Seele. Not surprisingly, community engagement at this school is very high.

Consolidation will lead to the loss of many of Seele's excellent teachers at a time when they are in short supply. A 2018 NBISD education bond funded the closing of Seele and Schurz Elementary schools to consolidate them into a progressive, 850-student mega-campus near I-35. This bond included improvements to four other schools and a new facility for New Braunfels Middle School, giving benefits to 3000+ students to the detriment of Seele's 260. Studies conclude that schools over 500 students have negative effects on children, based on many metrics including test scores, teacher surveys, and suspension rates. 

Consolidation moves our school children from a safe, beautiful neighborhood to a high-traffic business district blocks from I-35. There have been misconceptions in the community that Seele is beyond repair or required to be brought up to code to stay open. This is untrue. It has been nearly two decades since a bond for Seele's improvement has been put forth. Why not re-appropriate some of the 2018 funds for that exact purpose?

A pause before beginning construction of the consolidated campus was needed to reassess the growing demographics of the city. We need new schools built where they are most needed, NOT the progressive removal of community treasures like Seele. Because of the way the 2018 bond was designed, we don't feel the voice of Seele parents and concerned New Braunfels citizens has been adequately heard.

NBISD is deciding the fate of Seele in the coming days. This may be our last chance to save our school! Please lend your support and sign this petition to keep Seele Elementary open now and into the future! 

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