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Saavedra: Keep Key Open

After considering several options, the head of the Houston
School District says he’ll recommend additional improvements
to Key Middle School instead of closing the campus.
Superintendent Dr. Abe Saavedra says he’ll ask the HISD
board tomorrow to keep the school open and approve
$3 million in renovations.

“Under the bond program approved by our voters last
November, Key Middle School is scheduled to receive
among other improvements, new windows throughout
the school, a new chiller system for the air-conditioning
system. If the school board approves this proposal we’ll
get started with the work as soon as possible so that
everything will be ready when school resumes in August.”

Key Middle was closed for a few months this school year.
Students were sent to Fleming Middle School while the
district dealt with a mold issue. The campus was re-opened
earlier in March, but officials say the school still suffers from
what they call “damp building syndrome”. School board
trustee Carol Mims Galloway has led the fight to keep Key
Middle School open.

“Closing Key Middle School is not the right thing for our
community. Making the school the best it can be for our
kids and keeping Key in the center of our community
is the right thing to do.”

Saavedra had considered sending students from Key to
nearby Kashmere High School and shutting down the middle
school permanently. Houston Federation of Teachers
President Gayle Fallon says that would have been a bad

“I think what he avoided by doing this was a major
community uprising because that community has been
loud and clear that they don’t want their junior high kids
on a senior high campus. Having taught in a junior-senior
high, I don’t blame them. It’s a bad situation most of the time.”

The school board will consider the proposal to keep the school
open at a special meeting at 3 pm tomorrow.

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