HISD to hold community meetings at low-performing campuses at risk of closing

By Lea Wilson - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - The Houston Independent School District will host a series of community meetings to discuss the potential closing of several campuses.

The meetings will be held at schools that are in “improvement required” status as designated by the Texas Education Agency. 

According to the district, 10 HISD campuses have fallen behind academically over the last four years and must meet all state standards this year. According to state law under House Bill 1842, if the school does not meet standards, the state will close the institution, appoint a board of managers to run the school district or order alternate management for these campuses.

Senate Bill 1882 provides options that could prevent these sanctions, including 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 the at-risk campuses, including Blackshear, Dogan, Highland Heights, Mading and Wesley elementary schools, Henry Middle School, Woodson PK-8 and Kashmere, Wheatley and Worthing high schools.

Hilliard Elementary School, Cullen Middle School, and Madison and North Forest high schools were removed from the list of campuses facing changes under district recommendations. However, the community meetings will still be held, the district said.   

HISD trustees and administrators will discuss the recommendations during the meetings at the locations listed below. All meetings will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 14
Cullen Middle School
6900 Scott St. 

Feb. 15  
Highland Heights Elementary School  
865 Paul Quinn St. 

Feb. 20  
Madison High School  
13719 White Heather Dr.  

Feb. 21  
Mading Elementary School  
8511 Crestmont St. 

Feb. 27  
Wesley Elementary School  
800 Dillard St. 

Feb. 27  
Blackshear Elementary School  
2900 Holman Ave.

Feb. 28  
Kashmere High School  
6900 Wileyvale St. 

March. 1  
Dogan Elementary School  
4202 Liberty Rd. 

March 20  
Henry Middle School  
10702 E Hardy Rd.

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

Editor's note: The above story has been edited with the fact that the March 6 meeting at North Forest High School and the March 21 meeting at Hilliard Elementary School have been canceled.

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