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HISD To Hold Community  Meetings On ‘ Improvement Required’ School To Avoid State Takeover

HISD is recommending changes at 10 of the struggling schools, in light of a potential state takeover. It is also recommending changes at four additional low-performing campuses.

HISD Trustees will hold a series of public meetings at schools that have been deemed with an "improvement required" status, by the Texas Education Agency.  

According to the district's press release, HISD is recommending changes at 10 of the struggling schools; in light of a potential state takeover. It is also recommending changes at four additional low-performing campuses.

"The state has yet to tell us what their standards are," said HISD Board of Education President Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones, in an e-mailed statement. "So as much as these students are accelerating academically and raising the bar on their campuses, we're shooting in the dark at a moving target."  

According to the district:

"The current recommendation is for eight schools to be managed by outside organizations such as a nonprofit or an institution of higher education. They are Dogan and Mading elementary schools, Henry Middle School, and Kashmere, Madison, North Forest, Wheatley and Worthing high schools. The remaining six – Blackshear, Highland Heights, Hilliard and Wesley elementary schools, Cullen Middle School and Woodson PK-8 – would be closed and reopened to serve limited grades."

Skillern-Jones says they want to be clear these are only recommendations. "We are committed to doing everything in our power under the law to keep these schools open. We are also committed to keeping these school communities informed and engaged as we navigate this process together," said Skillern-Jones, in an e-mailed statement.

All meetings will begin at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Wheatley High School 

4801 Providence St.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Cullen Middle School 

6900 Scott St. 

 

Thursday, Feb. 15

Highland Heights Elementary School 

865 Paul Quinn St. 

 

Tuesday, Feb. 20
Madison High School 
13719 White Heather Dr. 

 

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Mading Elementary School 

8511 Crestmont St.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Wesley Elementary School 

800 Dillard St. 

 

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Blackshear Elementary School 

2900 Holman Ave. 

 

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Kashmere Gardens Elementary School 

4901 Lockwood Dr. 

 

Thursday, March. 1

Dogan Elementary School 

4202 Liberty Rd. 

 

Tuesday, March 6

North Forest High School 

10725 Mesa Dr. 

 

Tuesday, March 20

Henry Middle School 

10702 E Hardy Rd.

 

Wednesday, March 21

Hilliard Elementary School 

10719 Seneca St. 

 

Wednesday, March 21

Worthing High School

9215 Scott St.

*Both Worthing High School and Woodson PK-8 will be discussed at this meeting

 

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