HISD hosting community meetings on Improvement Required campuses

HISD Board of Education President Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Trustee Jolanda Jones, and Trustee Wanda Adams are hosting a series of community meetings at schools currently in “improvement required” status, or IR, as designated by the Texas Education Agency.

Ten HISD campuses have struggled academically for four or more years and must meet all state standards this year. State law under House Bill 1842 says if any school currently in IR for the fourth year or more does not meet state standards this year, the state will close it or appoint a Board of Managers to run the school district.

Senate Bill 1882 provides options that could prevent these sanctions: forming an outside partnership or closing and restarting a campus.

Trustees are holding meetings to discuss House Bill 1842 and Senate Bill 1882 and their potential impact on 10 campuses: Blackshear, Dogan, Highland Heights, Mading, and Wesley elementary schools, Henry Middle School, Woodson PK-8, and Kashmere, Wheatley and Worthing high schools.

Four additional schools – Hilliard Elementary School, Cullen Middle School, and Madison and North Forest high schools – have been removed from the list of campuses facing changes under district recommendations. However, the community meetings will continue as scheduled at Hilliard, Cullen, and Madison. The community meeting originally scheduled for March 6 at North Forest High School has been canceled. The community meeting originally scheduled for March 21 at Hilliard Elementary School has also been canceled.

HISD trustees and administrators will discuss the recommendations during this series of community meetings on campuses that could potentially be affected.

All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 7:30 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 High School
6900 Wileyvale

Thursday, March 1
Dogan Elementary School
4202 Liberty Rd.

Tuesday, March 20
Henry Middle School
10702 E Hardy Road

Wednesday, March 21
Worthing High School
9215 Scott St.
(Both Worthing High School and Woodson PK-8 will be discussed at this meeting)