Keep Barton Hills Elementary open

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Hi neighbors,

As you may know, AISD is in a budget crunch right now and is looking for ways to cut costs. The AISD Facilities Master Plan Task Force met on December 14th and discussed ways to save money. Many of the ideas discussed include CLOSING smaller neighborhood schools – including our beloved Barton Hills Elementary School.

We cannot let this happen! WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please come to either or both of the following community meetings that will discuss the future of AISD Facilities.

6-8 pm
4601 Pecan Brook Drive 78724 (view map)

6-8 pm
3200 Jones Road 78745 (view map)

For more information on the plan or to read the notes from the December 15th meeting click here and scroll down to the 15th Meeting.

I created a Facebook Page called Keep Barton Hills Elementary School Open. Please like this page and check back regularly for updates.


Wendy Papasan
Past President, Barton Hills Neighborhood Association


Jan. 25 BHNA General Meeting agenda

Be sure to mark your calendar now to attend the BHNA General Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 25 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Barton Skyway and Barton Hills Drive. A pre-meeting dinner is available for $7 at 6 PM followed by the General Meeting at 7 PM.

7:00         Call to order
7:05         Self-introductions of new BHNA officers
7:10         Recognition of retiring BHNA officers
7:15         Approval of minutes (Written treasurer’s report available at meeting or by e-mail request to
7:16         Presentation by Chris Dolan, City of Austin, Planning & Development Review Dept. on oak wilt in Barton Hills
7:30         Discussion and possible action on the proposed closure of Barton Hills Elementary School by Austin Independent School District
8:00         Committee Reports:

  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Greenbelt Guardians
  • Area Development
  • Austin Neighborhood Council

8:30         Call for nominations of neighborhood improvement projects
8:35         Other business
8:45         Adjourn


Saturday, November 6, 9:00 AM – 12:30- PM

Greenbelt Fans,

This is to notify that we will be working only from the Spyglass Trail entry to the greenbelt this coming Saturday, 11/6, from 9:00 – 12:30. We had originally planned to also work at Homedale Trail access, but have decided to focus on continuing with aggressive invasives removal at Spyglass Trail. It is one of the most infested areas, and we want to continue the positive momentum.

We can use more volunteers, so please RSVP if you can lend a hand. We want to make sure we have plenty of tools and food for the work day.

All who come, PLEASE wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and closed toe shoes. Also bring your favorite work gloves if you have some, if not, we can provide. Some folks got into poison ivy last work day, so we encourage all to use the Poison Ivy block that we provide.

We will have some tacos to get us started, then we will go into full work mode: 1) Ligustrum removal with chainsaws, handsaws and herbicide, or weed wrenches. 2) Nandina removal with shovels or weed wrenches (depends on soil moisture). 3) Windrow construction using pruners and loppers. Also trash pick-up.

This work day will close out our 2010 work cycle. Thanks to all who participated and helped us make a difference by restoring habitat, repairing trails, and keeping the area cleared of debris.

Glee Ingram
Greenbelt Guardians Coordinator
(512) 443-7522

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