Snyder ISD to close junior high, reopen with grade realignment
Snyder ISD plans to close its junior high campus and reopen it with a grade realignment after years of underperformance.
Thursday, Snyder ISD Superintendent Eddie Bland, Board of Trustees President Ralph Ramon and Board of Trustees Vice President Brad Hinton met with the Texas' Education Commissioner Mike Morath to discuss sanctions against the district. It came after the state gave the junior high another "improvement required" rating for the fifth straight year.
When this happens, the commissioner could either to close the campus, or appoint a board of managers to run the district.
"Within the statute, it also allows that if more than 50 percent of the parents of the current junior high students sign a petition to either close the campus or to either appoint a board of managers, then the commissioner will take that recommendation," Bland said.
More than half of the junior high students' parents did sign a petition. According to the district, it received 313 parents' signatures in favor of closing the junior high school. Another 486 parents petitioned to reopen the campus after realignment. Those petitions must be delivered to the commissioner no later than Dec. 1.
"We would be repurposing the campus for it to be reopened," Bland said. "We have a plan for reopening the campus with grades realigned, different grades in that campus and a different academic program."
The district presented a proposed plan to the commissioner during the meeting, Bland said. The realignment options can be found here.
"Our proposal we have is that instead of being just a sixth, seventh and eight campus right now, that junior high campus would be grades two through eighth, and would be a an inquiry-based learning academy," Bland said. "That's a pathway, we're calling it pathway two. Pathway one is a more structured environment, and we'll have grades two through eighth going that pathway."
The district is still in the negotiating phase with the state, Bland said, as the commissioner was approve the plan. Bland said it is going to be a process, but the district is committed to working with parents, the community and the state to do what is best for its students.