HISD proposes school closures, consolidations and boundary changes after comprehensive study

New report informs district proposal to close or repurpose five schools and shift several school boundaries

As the Houston metro area continues to grow and evolve, the Houston Independent School District is evaluating student learning environments, enrollment data and demographic patterns to determine the best way to create better and stronger schools.

Based on a comprehensive study completed recently by district demographic experts, HISD is proposing the closure or repurposing of five campuses at the end of the school year. The proposal includes Dodson, Nathaniel Q. Henderson and Port Houston elementary schools, Fleming Middle School and Jones High School. Billy Reagan K-8 is set to be re-zoned because of changing patterns in its neighborhoods.

The proposed plan will allow enrollment and resources to be better distributed across campuses.

“While these types of changes are always difficult, it’s important that we constantly evaluate enrollment levels to utilize our facilities to best serve our students,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier.

Each campus recently hosted a community meeting to answer questions and gather important feedback from families and community members. An online comment card is also available if you’d like to give the district written feedback. This information will be presented to the board for a final decision on each proposal. Trustees are expected to vote on the proposals at their March 13 board meeting.

Background information:

Demographics of all HISD campuses (.pdf)


Read more/Lea más:

Proposed School Closure, Consolidation, and Reorganization Plan (.pdf) Plan propuesto para el cierre, consolidación y reorganización de escuelas (.pdf)
Frequently asked questions (.pdf) Preguntas frecuentes (.pdf)

5 thoughts on “HISD proposes school closures, consolidations and boundary changes after comprehensive study

    1. HISD Communications Post author

      Information about where the students at the schools proposed for closure would go is in the PDF at the bottom of the story.

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  1. Ivi Johnson-Brown

    Here it goes again! Our smaller schools are threaten to be closed! Let’s look back when Andrew Carnegie Elementary was closed, those students were forced to Woodson Middle, Jones High School LOSES their Vanguard Program, only to move thoses students enrolled in the Vanguard Program housed at Jones Sr. High to Andrew Carnegie Elementary ! Their enrollment was LOW School year ( 2002-2003 ) with 173 students, increased (2003-2004) with 238 and 254 students in ( 2004-2005) ! All these numbers of emrollment are public record. Oh, but they are VANGUARD! So then the Bond for New Schools came about again! Schools who were on the list to get NEW schools were pushed to the BACK , but to the communities surpise the New Carnegie Vanguard Sr. High was built! So back to what the Board Of Education is stating LOW ENROLLMENT…….I am just saying…..SAVE THESE SCHOOLS AND JOBS OF MY FELLOW EDUCATORS…

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  2. J. Bello

    I think Ryan should have been made into a K-8. Then Blackshear would have closed and been made into a medical magnet. So there would be consolidation, but middle school students would not have to be bussed out of the neighborhood.

    Then… when Dodson closes, the boundary would be split so those south of I-45 go to Ryan K-8 and those north of I-45 can be zoned to Lantrip and/or Rusk

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