San Antonio School Shutter Scramble, West Campus High Faces Closure Amid Fiscal Fiasco, Crime Concerns

San Antonio School Shutter Scramble, West Campus High Faces Closure Amid Fiscal Fiasco, Crime ConcernsSource: Google Street View
John Martins
Published on November 30, 2023

The South San Antonio Independent School District is once again considering the closure of West Campus High School. Superintendent Henry Yzaguirre raised the possibility at a community meeting, noting the options were stark: "do nothing and we continue down the track we are on and see our deficit continue to grow, or we consider consolidating both South San and West Campus High Schools." The district's decision will come to a head on December 20th, when an official recommendation is expected, as per the San Antonio Report.

The district said the cost of educating students at West Campus is nearly 50% higher than at South San Antonio High School, as reported by Fox San Antonio. The financial strain is compounded by logistical headaches; nearly half of the West Campus's student body requires daily shuttling to South San Antonio High School for various classes and extracurriculars, which the smaller campus cannot provide. Superintendent Yzaguirre put it bluntly: "Our options are do nothing and we continue the path that we are on and see our deficit continue to grow or we do a consideration to consolidate both South San Antonio High School and West Campus High School."

Nineteen-year-old Nathan Martinez, linked to a trio of deadly shootings, is now behind bars. Martinez faces charges including Capital Murder, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Possession of a Prohibited Firearm. The young man has been placed under arrest with ballistic evidence connecting him to the crimes, which embroiled the city in a wave of grief and fear, as per Fox San Antonio.

The South San Antonio community looks ahead to December 20 with a heavy mix of concern and anticipatory dread, as the fates of countless students hang in the balance of a boardroom decision, and a criminal case. One concerned mother, who taught at South San Antonio High School last year, highlighted issues during Wednesday's meeting that stretch beyond fiscal woes: "I did not want my own son going to that school even though I graduated from there. The reason was one, constant vaping, fighting, facilities issues, hall monitor because we didn’t have enough teachers, were being pulled to be substitutes so there was all sorts of nonsense happening in the hallways," she shared, according to Fox San Antonio.