Houston School District Wants To Close Five Schools
by: Laura Isensee, February 6, 2014 2:02:00 pm
For the second year in a row, Jones High School is facing the threat of closure. It’s in Sunnyside in Southeast Houston.
Mark Smith is with the Houston Independent School District.
Smith says not enough students in that neighborhood attend Jones High School.
“The fact of the matter is most of the students, the majority of students that currently live in the Jones attendance zone choose to go elsewhere and we have very few students actually there.”
In addition to Jones High School, HISD wants to close four other schools.
Smith says the proposed closures are based on changes in population and also changes in the housing market.
“As Houston continues to gentrify and redevelop over and over again I think we always see changes in where schools are needed, where schools aren’t needed, so we can make those adjustments as we go.”
Smith says the district is asking for community input at meetings starting next week, starting Feb 11th.
Next month, the HISD board of trustees is expected to vote on the proposed closures. Though Smith says the final proposal could change.
If the board decides to shut down these schools, students there would attend other nearby campuses.