Waco Independent School District has announced the times and dates for seven community meetings, between Saturday and Jan. 25, about recommendations for saving five campuses from potential closure if the schools do not pass state accountability exams this year. One possibility is building an in-district charter system with Prosper Waco.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Noon Saturday: Two simultaneous meetings will be held at J.H. Hines Elementary School, 301 Garrison St. and at the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 915 La Salle Ave.
  • 6 p.m. Monday: Campus meetings will be held at Alta Vista Elementary School, 3637 Alta Vista Drive; Brook Avenue Elementary School, 720 Brook Ave.; Indian Spring Middle School, 500 N. University Parks Drive; and a joint session for J.H. Hines Elementary and G.W. Carver Middle schools will be held at the city of Waco Multi-purpose Facility, 1020 Elm Ave.
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday: A meeting will be held at South Waco Elementary School, 2104 Gurley Lane.

The meetings will offer parents a chance to ask questions, share their thoughts and hear more about the district’s potential plan. The school board is expected to decide on a plan by Jan. 25 and send it to the state for approval by March 1.

Shelly Conlon has covered K-12 education for the Tribune-Herald since July 2016. Prior to the Tribune-Herald, she was the managing editor for the Waxahachie Daily Light, and an intern for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

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