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HISD set to close Jones High and four other schools

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The Houston Independent School District has announced plans to close or re-purpose five campuses at the end of the current academic year.

"While these types of changes are always difficult, it's important that we constantly evaluate enrollment levels to utilize our facilities to best serve our students," said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier.

Topping the list of proposed closures is Jones High School which is currently part of the district's Apollo 20 program.

In addition, HISD administration plans to eliminate Fleming Middle School along with elementary campuses Port Houston, Nathaniel Henderson and Dodson.

The final decision lies with the HISD Board of Education which is set to vote on the issue March 13th after a series of community meetings.

Houston Federation of Teachers President Gayle Fallon says serious protest is almost certain to follow.

"Particularly with Jones you will see every neighborhood activist, a lot of angry alumni who show up and probably will show up at the board meeting and it will intensify. I know the community and they are not going to take this and shrug their shoulders. That school means too much to them," said Fallon.

African American students are the majority in four of the five schools slated for closure.

HISD Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones represents District 2 which will lose two campuses under the closure plan.

"I don't support any closures in District 2. District 2 has had the most schools close over the last five years. The more we close schools the more detrimental it is to our neighborhoods," said Skillern-Jones.

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