For 25 years, Shelley White taught second grade at Shadydale Elementary in North Forest.
“This is my second home. I stay right behind the school.”
White retired several years ago. But today she’s back to register her grandson for summer school.
The name of the school is the same. The rams are still the mascot.
But there’s a new district in charge. The old North Forest school district is gone.
“Too much has been going on in the district. And maybe we did need a change. Change can be hard, but everybody has to change some time or another.”
The Texas Education Commissioner, Michael Williams, ordered HISD to take over North Forest after years of poor academics and financial problems.
“I was sort of hesitant about it, but I guess it’s going to be OK … As long as the children are being provided properly, it will be OK.”
The new principal Tammie Daily says she’s going to do her best to make sure that happens.
Inside the school gym, decorated with the school colors of red and blue, parents are signing their children up for the summer.
Daily says so far, the transition has been smooth.
“We’re trying not to be a huge inconvenience to parents with paperwork. So we just have this two-sheeter informational. They sit there. They fill them out. We have runners that take the kids to class once we know who’s here and where they should be.”
She expects to enroll as many as 300 children for intensive reading and math so they can graduate to the next grade.
Before, Daily was the principal at Bonham Elementary in Southwest Houston.
She says the first day at Shadydale isn’t much different.
“The only difference is just getting to know the students where as previously I’ve already known the students because I’ve had them under my watch for a year. But kids are kids, summer school is summer school and we’ve been charged with a task and we’re just going to do the best we can.”
Class will be in session until August at Shadydale Elementary and three other campuses in the North Forest area.
Then, when the new school year starts, the changes will continue, as HISD begins to lead the rest of the schools in North Forest.