The Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees will review proposals to close Jones High School and Dodson Elementary School during the March 13 board meeting.
Three of the five schools – Nathaniel Q. Henderson Elementary School, Port Houston Elementary School, and Fleming Middle School – originally proposed for closure have been removed from consideration by Board President Juliet Stipeche.
“I respect our board president’s request to remove these schools from consideration,” HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said. “I also appreciate her input, the input of all trustees, and the community-at-large in this process.”
Grier said that the school closure proposal process to find additional options and ways to make HISD schools stronger and better.
HISD administrators reviewed feedback from meetings held at each school and discussions with community members to develop revised proposals for Jones High School and Dodson Elementary School. The board will also consider plans to adjust attendance boundaries for Billy Reagan K-8 Educational Center.
“Our proposals for Jones and Dodson show the strength of the process,” Grier said. “We heard the community and used that feedback to develop proposals that we think will mitigate potential negative impacts to the affected school communities.”
While Henderson, Port Houston, and Fleming were removed from consideration, the district will continue to evaluate schools with low enrollment each year, as required by board policy.
Final recommendations for Jones and Dodson will be presented to trustees for vote at the March 13 board meeting. If three Board members request an item be reinstated, it will be added back to the agenda for consideration.
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