A plan to close Nathaniel Q Henderson Elementary in northeast Houston did not sit well with some parents.
"I think it's a bad idea," said Shanta Burks, whose 5-year-old son attends school here. "I stay right here. I don't have a car so if he have to go to another school, that means he would have to be bussed to school."
If HISD administrators get their way, Henderson, Dodson and Port Houston elementary schools, as well as Fleming Middle School and Jones High School, will close by the end of the year. HISD said it is a result of fluctuating enrollment and changing demographics.
HISD spokesperson Sheleah Reed said "It's not that we're picking on someone individually, we're really looking at this district as a whole and making sure we're putting our resources in the best places."
The district said Henderson Elementary saw 62 students move into the school while 147 transferred out; that's a loss of 85 students in 2013. The district said the students would move to Pugh and Bruce elementary schools.
The closure plan will be presented to the HISD Board of Trustees in February. The board could vote on all or parts of the proposal in March.
As part of the proposal, HISD also is considering a boundary change for Billy Reagan because it's exceeded its enrollment capacity.
Public hearings are scheduled at each school. The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Dodson Elementary at 1808 Sampson Street, 77003
Henderson Elementary at 701 Solo Street, 77020
Jones High School at 7414 Saint Lo Road, 77033
Monday, Feb. 17 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Port Houston Elementary at 1800 McCarty Street
Fleming Middle at 4910 Collingsworth Street
Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Billy Reagan K-8 at 4842 Anderson Road