Midland ISD set to close Crockett Elementary at the end of the school year

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MIDLAND -- UPDATE: MISD has decided to close Crockett Elementary.

"If a school does not meet accountability standards for two consecutive years and after that fifth year of not meeting those accountability standards then the commissioner has to either close the campus or place a board of managers in to oversee the operations of the district” Texas Education Agency spokesperson DeEtta Culbertson said.

Crockett elementary has been on the improvement required list for six years.

If the district chooses not to close the school, the state could step in.

A recent state bill gives school districts more of a chance to turn things around before being closed.

"There were systems built in place to help the districts transition so that they could meet the requirements of the bill and at the same time work on improvements."

Culbertson says the school district has the final say so on whether or not Crockett will be shut down.

"Whatever action this local board takes they need to be sure that it addresses the academic needs of those students and ensures that going forward those students are able to meet their student outcomes and achieve academic proficient."

Long-time school board member James Fuller says the solution is re-constitution-- shakeup of staff and faculty at the school.

"I believe that with the appropriate infusion of instructional talent and resources we can make Crockett one of the top performing schools in the district."

The school closure is not the only hot topic on tonight's agenda.

The MISD board is also meeting to finalize changes to school boundaries to combat a major problem with overcrowding at Fasken elementary.

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The Midland Independent School District will be holding their Board of Trustees meeting Monday afternoon at Bowie Elementary.

According to the agenda for the meeting, the school board will be discussing the possible approval and closure of Crockett Elementary at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year.

The school is being considered for closure after being on the state's 'improvement required' list for the past six years.

The President of the MISD school board told CBS 7 earlier this month, "We appreciate the efforts of the teachers and students at Crockett, but we don't want to go into a 7th year. That's unacceptable for the MISD Board."

The board meeting will be held at the Bowie Elementary auditorium at 805 Elk in Midland, it begins at 5:30 p.m.