Hundreds of parents and students gathered on Tues., June 25, to learn more information about the scheduled annexation of North Forest schools into the Houston Independent School District. The Texas Education Commissioner has ordered HISD to annex North Forest ISD on July 1. To make the transition as smooth as possible, HISD is holding a series of community meetings. The final meeting will be held on Thurs., June 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Eden Event Center, 7540 N. Wayside.
Houston ISD has filled all positions for summer school teachers in the North Forest community.
HISD began accepting applications for certified internal educators on July 1, and all positions were filled by July 2.
The Houston Independent School District is hosting a series of public meetings to discuss the impending July 1 annexation of North Forest.
As the State of Texas moves forward with its order to close North Forest ISD and annex the area into the Houston Independent School District, HISD is making plans to change the purpose of some NFISD buildings and selecting staff for NFISD schools.
In addition, the district plans to recommend attendance zones for the North Forest area to meet the needs of transferred students, and make modest changes to HISD school attendance zones for areas adjoining the North Forest boundary later this summer. Pursuant to the order issued by Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams, these changes will take effect on July 1, 2013.
Parents can participate by phone in English or Spanish
In an effort to ensure a smooth transition for parents and students as the North Forest community joins the Houston Independent School District on July 1, HISD is hosting tele-town hall meetings to give parents the opportunity to ask questions directly to Superintendent Terry Grier and other administrators on May 29.
North Forest parents will be able to participate in the tele-town hall meetings by calling the toll-free numbers provided. To participate in the English tele-town hall, parents can call toll-free 855-246-7045, extension 21856#. Spanish-speaking parents may call 855-246-7045, extension 21911# to participate in the Spanish town hall. HISD will also be calling all North Forest students’ households directly when the tele-town hall begins at 6:30 p.m.
What: English and Spanish Tele-Town Hall Meetings for North Forest parents
Who: HISD Superintendent Terry Grier, HISD Board of Education Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones, HISD Chief Human Resources Officer Rodney Watson, HISD School Services Officer Lupita Hinojosa, HISD Multilingual Program Manager Evelyn Castro
When: Wednesday, May 29th 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The Texas Education Agency on Monday upheld the state education commissioner’s order for the North Forest Independent School District closed and annexed into the Houston Independent School District effective July 1.
According to the TEA, Education Commissioner Michael Williams based his decision on North Forest’s track record of poor academic performance and low high school completion rate. His decision was upheld Monday by Chief Deputy Commissioner Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds. North Forest’s elected school board now has the option of appealing the decision to the State Office of Administrative Hearings, which could uphold or reverse the decision.
State Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced Thursday that the Texas Education Agency is proceeding with an order to close North Forest ISD and annex the area into the Houston Independent School District effective July 1.