MISD considers closing Crockett Elementary, parents want other options

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MIDLAND -- Midland Independent School District is exploring the option of closing down Crockett Elementary school, but not everyone is on board.

After being on the state’s improvement required list for the past six years, Crockett’s doors could soon be permanently closed.

The decision has not been finalized, however a Texas Education Agency representative said the school district has the final say on whether or not the school should be shut down.

“It’s sad but then I guess they’re going to do what they’re going to do,” Connie Madrid, former Crockett Elementary parent said.

Since the late 1960’s, Mrs. Madrid and her husband have not only lived across the way from Crockett but all eight of their children attended the school.

The Madrid’s want the district to invest in the children who already attend the school by adding more qualified teachers.

“This has been going on in Midland for years,” Mrs. Madrid said. “We concentrate our money and everything else to better the streets, sidewalks, and everything on the west side and what do you have on the east side.”

Mrs. Madrid doesn’t place the blame for the school’s poor performance on the students, but rather the teachers.

"Our kids are our future and you have to make sure you have good qualified teachers to teach what they're supposed to teach the kids in this level of education,” Mrs. Madrid exclaimed.

Should the district choose to keep Crockett open, House Bill 1842 would allow the state to step in.

The bill passed in 2015 and it states if a school receives an improvement required rating for five consecutive years, the TEA can decide whether to close the school or install their own board of managers over the entire district.

Since the passing of House Bill 1842, the TEA had issued MISD a grace period to try and improve Crockett. That grace period could potentially end after the 2017-2018 school year.

If MISD chooses to close Crockett Elementary, the students would be transferred to either Milam or De Zavala Elementary schools and the teachers would be reassigned to other campuses.

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the options before the school board makes a final decision at a meeting on March 20th at 5:30 p.m. at Bowie Elementary School, located at 805 E. Elk.