Educators Hope Campus Improvements Will Help Turn Around Troubled School

Big changes are on the way at a southeast Houston high school struggling to turn around its troubled academic program. Teachers and alumni at Worthing High School hope new facilities will also help revitalize the Sunnyside neighborhood.

The entire student body turned out as educators and dignitaries broke ground for a major improvement project that will totally change Worthing's campus.  In about 18 months from now, Worthing students will see a new two-story classroom addition.  A new library and science labs will replace outdated facilities from the 1960's.  Worthing principal Tod Nix says there will also be a learning center, and that’s for all the kids in the neighborhood. 

The Worthing High Marching Band"You know, when people want to move into the Houston area,  parents are looking for a great school and what you see is very important."

Alumni at the groundbreaking ceremony talked about how Worthing was influential in their lives and careers, but despite its magnet programs in science and technology, the school in recent years has earned an academically unacceptable rating. Nix was brought in this year to help turn around those low rankings.  He says they need to make changes that go further than campus improvements.

"With that new look we've got to change what's going on the classroom. We've got to change the way we approach today's teenagers."

Money for the improvements comes from an $805 million bond issue Houston voters approved in 2007.

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Gail Delaughter joined KUHF in October 2008 as Saturday morning news anchor and host. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Gail has extensive experience in Texas and Louisiana as a radio news reporter and morning show anchor and co-host...