Commissioner’s Plan Could Merge North Forest and Houston ISD

Superintendent says HISD ready to embrace NFISD students after commissioner issues closure order

July 13, 2011

Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott has ordered the closing of the North Forest Independent School District and potentially merging it with the Houston Independent School District beginning in the 2012–2013 school year. The Houston Independent School District did not advocate for this proposal. However, if Commissioner Scott’s order becomes reality, HISD stands ready to welcome the children of North Forest and to partner with that proud community.

HISD’s African-American and Hispanic students have significantly narrowed the achievement gap, and graduation rates for those students are on the rise, said HISD Board of Education President Paula Harris.

“We know it’s going to be a challenge. We believe there should be an effective teacher in every classroom and an effective leader in every school. We are realizing the positive results from those beliefs and we look forward to sharing our academic achievement with every student, teacher, and community member joining Team HISD,” Harris said. “We look forward to working with Commissioner Scott to ensure that HISD receives adequate financial resources to tackle this unique challenge.”

HISD Superintendent of Schools Terry B. Grier said the nation’s seventh-largest school district would embrace North Forest’s children.

“We will step up and deliver for these children,” Dr. Grier said. “All children deserve a quality education, regardless of where they happen to live.”