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Districts face tough choice when improving schools

WACO, TX (KXXV) - Waco Independent School District is changing up schools that don't meet state standards and sometimes that means making tough decisions on who will be watching over students. 

The Waco ISD School Board is set to vote on the update to the reconstitution plan in its meeting Thursday night. This is a plan to improve schools that have not met state standards for two years in a row. For the current year those schools include JH Hines and Brook Avenue elementary schools and Cesar Chavez middle school. 

Part of the efforts is to change up the teaching staff. The school district says it has moved or replaced nine teachers in Brook Avenue, 13 teachers in JH Hines and both assistant principals. The principals, though, will stay. That's because both are new principals who were hired the year before to improve the school. However they will sign a document saying if their school doesn't improve, they may be replaced the following year. 

Cesar Chavez's principal will also stay on for another year. That's because the school says early reports show some improvement in the school. However, full state performance reports do not come in until August. The school says that's a little late to change a principal so they had to make a decision months before.

 "But the fact that they are moving forward is pretty important because the stability of the campus is equally important with having the right people in place to lead the turnaround efforts," executive director of secondary education at Waco ISD Robin McDurham said. 

McDurham says Indian Springs Middle School will be on the reconstitution report in the next school year. She says that school already has a new principal.

To see the reconstitution reports for Waco ISD click here.
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