Parents, Community Members Take Concerns About School Closures To Board
by: Laura Isensee, February 14, 2014 1:02:00 pm
Next month the Houston school board will decide the fate of five schools that have low enrollment.
In what is likely a preview of that meeting, more than a dozen people asked the trustees to save the schools.
Richard Farias advocated for Port Houston Elementary on the east side of the city.
“Port Houston has always been a small and very poor neighborhood. It has always been plagued with the constant roar of 18 wheelers. It is a neighborhood with one way in and one way out and has always been surrounded by industrial businesses.”
Farias says despite that poverty and industry, the school has distinguished itself academically.
Some trustees like Rhonda Skillern-Jones have already said they’re against the closures.
“I think very child deserves a neighborhood school and if they are under-enrolled, then I think it is our obligation when the enrollment starts to slip, before it becomes a problem, to see what the causes are and to fix it.”
“I will be at the meeting on Monday to see what’s community’s going on. I am familiar with the area but I need to double check the access into Pleasantville and just go over some of the points of discussion before I make my decision.”
Trustees will have to make their final decision in March.