The new school will open this fall under the VOISE Academy name.
The campus’s other two charter schools, Austin Polytechnical Academy and Austin Entrepreneurship and Business Academy, will be phased out with the students from those schools accepted into VOISE.
Of the 49 closed elementary schools, 90 percent had a majority African-American demographic, while 71 percent had a majority African-American staff of teachers, according to the Chicago Teachers Union.
All in all, the closings amounted to shuttering 25 percent of all CPS schools that had majority African-American students.
Hickey, a retired Chicago Public Schools social worker, spoke during public comments at Wednesday’s meeting.At the time, however, the school district would not say the empty school was closed because that would mean they broke their vow not to close any school for five years after shuttering 50 schools in 2013.Critics of the school district are skeptical of how CPS came to have zero students at the schools slated for closure.Some teachers, staff and administrators from the two charters will also likely join VOISE, according to CPS officials.Hickey said she never believed the charter school model would work at Austin High.