The Houston Independent School District Board of Education approved a revised turnaround plan for Kashmere High School during a special meeting on Thursday.
This is the eighth consecutive year for Kashmere High School to be deemed as “improvement required” — one of the designations used by the TEA to determine whether schools are meeting state standards. As a result, the district is required to submit to the state a plan detailing how it will improve student achievement at the school.
HISD submitted an initial turnaround plan on Oct. 19, but it was rejected last week by Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, who asked the district to resubmit the plan with a more detailed description of the budget, staffing, and financial resources required to implement the turnaround.
The commissioner also asked that the updated plan outline any supplemental resources being provided by the district, as well as the type of fundamental change that would be needed to address persistent deficiencies at the campus.
The modified plan must be submitted to the TEA by Friday. Under state law, the Texas Education Commissioner must accept a turnaround plan or take one of three actions: appoint a board of managers to govern the entire district, order alternative management of the campus, or order closure of the campus.
The Board of Education voted 6-0 to approve the modified turnaround plan.
“Kashmere has made considerable progress, and we believe the plan and resources in place will help the school succeed” HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza said. “We also believe the modified plan the Board approved addresses the Commissioner’s concerns and provides the greatest opportunity for Kashmere to meet state standards this year.”
Also during the special meeting on Thursday, the Board canvassed and accepted official results of the Nov. 7 election and approved a resolution ordering a runoff election for trustee districts I and III.