Snyder Junior High is facing possible closure after the school received its fifth consecutive failing rating from the Texas Education Agency this year.
Snyder ISD leadership met with TEA Commissioner Mike Morath last week to discuss sanctions against the district for Snyder Junior High’s academic rating.
The Texas Education Code allows for parent petitions to direct the Commissioner’s decision on whether to appoint a board of managers to govern the school district or to close the campus. It should be noted that a closure of the campus, according to local educational professionals, does not mean that the school will no longer be used, but rather that it will be reconstituted.
According to Snyder ISD's Facebook page, Snyder ISD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Bland was presented with 313 petitions on October 31, 2019. This is a sufficient number to require the closure of the campus. In addition to the parent petitions for closure, Dr. Bland was presented with 486 parent and community petitions supporting the reopening of Snyder Junior High with a grade realignment.
The petitions will be delivered to the Commissioner no later than December 1, 2019. The next step will require SISD to develop and submit a comprehensive plan to reopen the campus, with the majority of the grades realigned.
According to Dr. Bland, the next steps will require planning and partnership. He also went on to say that they look forward to collaborating with parents, teachers, district leadership, community members, and the TEA to do what is best for their students.