Nacogdoches ISD looking to address problems in wake of failed bond election

Nacogdoches ISD looking to address problems in wake of failed bond election
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Now that the $43 million-plus Nacogdoches school bond issue failed, administrators had to figure out what to do next. Rezoning and changing grade alignments are in the proposal.

The proposals to do away with the current kindergarten through fifth grade elementary schools and two middle schools which will consequently change where students go to school may turn some parents on their heads.

"Not everybody is going to be happy," said Dr. Fred Hayes, the superintendent of Nacogdoches ISD.

If the bond had passed, a change of grade alignments wouldn't come until 2017. Now the reconfiguration, based on teacher input, will happen as early as next fall.

"What we propose right now is a pre-K stand alone, a K through 4, and then a five and six and a seven-eight," Hayes said.

Schools will be repurposed. The poor performing Carpenter Elementary could become a place for Pre-K students and K thru second grade students needing extra instruction. The concern about exposed walkways to the outside will be addressed.

"We're looking at enclosing those corridors," Hayes said. "Making it heated and cooled in those corridors. Nice flooring and that would be roughly about $1.3 million."

Carpenter is presently classified as an "improvement required" campus by the Texas Education Agency. There's possibility of state closure or the assignment of a governing board. Hayes said NISD will not allow it to happen.

"Doing this, we're going to request that TEA take Emeline Carpenter off the Improvement Required because it no longer has testing," Hayes said.

Other campuses up for repurposing are Mike Moses Middle School and Nettie Marshall Elementary.

"We have a lot more students in K thru 4, so we repurposed Mike Moses for K through four and repurposed Nettie Marshall for five and six," Hayes said.

TJR Elementary is expected to be repurposed for fifth and sixth graders too.

McMichael Middle School is where all the district's seventh and eighth graders will most likely learn. To meet an emergency need, $3 million will be used from the fund balance to construct ten new classrooms on the north end.

Hayes says all the changes are a temporary fix for a school district needing much more.

There will be community input sessions to discuss the proposals. They'll be on December 7 at Carpenter Cafeteria, December 8 at TJR Auditorium and December 10 at Brooks Quinn Jones Cafeteria. All meetings begin at 5:30 p.m.

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