Parents continue to voice opposition to plans to close 5 HISD schools

Parents turn out in force at community meetings over plans to close schools
February 18, 2014 10:15:41 AM PST
Houston Independent School District officials will be meeting with parents again tonight about the proposed closure of five area schools.

Last night, parents, former students and neighbors filled Fleming Middle School in an attempt to convince the school board to keep their schools open.

But district officials say changing demographics and fluctuating enrollment are forcing them to close Jones High School and Fleming Middle School, as well as Dodson, Henderson and Port Houston Elementary Schools.

Many people claim the campuses are providing valuable services to their neigborhoods.

"If the Texas Education Agency approved this school to stay open and to do its thing with the magnet program; if the TEA sees that they're performing in the classroom, the teachers and the students are performing -- then the district shouldn't be trying to shut it down," parent Arthur J. Smith said.

Tonight's meeting begins at 6:30 at the Bill Reagan Educational Center on Anderson Road. Board members will take a final vote on the proposal on March 13.

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