The boy you see here is 12-year-old Preston Hollow resident Cameron Ordinario, who is finishing his first year at DISD’s Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy. Until Version 5.0 of the district’s 2011-12 budget was unveiled yesterday afternoon, Cameron and his peers thought the academy — which counts my wife and my baby brother among its alums — was going to be shut down. As is, the academy is still likely to lose half of its faculty.
I chatted with Cameron’s mom, Rebecca, outside DISD headquarters yesterday. “It is an environment that embraces the arts,” she said of Greiner. “At most schools, these kids would be bullied. There’s not even a private middle school that has an intensive arts program. Greiner is all we have.”