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Waco ISD to hold community meetings

Waco ISD to hold three community meetings

WACO, Texas – This Monday, Waco ISD will kick off a series of community meetings to talk directly with parents, students and other community members.

The first meeting will take place on Oct. 29 in the Richfield Performing Arts Center at Waco High School (2020 N 42nd St) followed by meetings on Nov. 5 at the City of Waco Multipurpose Center (1020 Elm Ave) and on Nov. 12 at Bell’s Hill Elementary (2100 Ross Ave). All three will start at 6 p.m., and the meeting on Nov. 12 will be conducted in Spanish.

“Listening to the community is a priority for us,” superintendent Marcus Nelson said. “A year ago, five of our schools were facing a deadline to meet state standards. At that time last year, we went to the community to talk about how we could ensure that those schools would remain open. One year later, four of the five schools have met state standards, and all five are continuing to serve students in their neighborhoods. Now, we want to go back to the community to report on our progress and talk about where we go from here.”

Input gathered at the community meetings last fall helped shaped the plan that Nelson introduced in January to transform Waco ISD’s underperforming schools. That plan called for five bold changes: a focus on early childhood education, a comprehensive literacy plan, enhanced special programs, differentiated instruction through blended learning, and coordinated wrap-around services.

“There is a dramatic transformation taking place in Waco ISD, and those five bold changes are at the heart of it,” Nelson said. “By no means are we satisfied, but the progress that we’ve made on each of those priorities is already making a difference for our students.”

In addition to an update on the priorities outlined last year, the community meetings will include a progress report on the initiatives funded by the 2015 Tax Ratification Election and an overview of the district’s framework for teaching and learning.