HOUSTON— The Texas Education Agency notified the North Forest Independent School District on Tuesday that it will be closing the district in July of 2012.
The move comes as the NFISD and its North Forest High School campus are slated to be rated academically unacceptable, the TEA said in a letter sent to the district. The rating is set to be released on August 1, 2011.
This will mark the third consecutive year that the district has been rated academically unacceptable and the sixth consecutive year that the high school has been rated academically unacceptable.
In addition, the district is set to earn a substandard financial accountability rating for the fourth consecutive year, the TEA said.
On July 1, 2012 the North Forest ISD will be officially closed as the TEA changes the district’s accreditation status to not accredited-revoked for 2011 to 2012.
North Forest ISD is home to about 7,600 students. According to the plan, most of them will be absorbed by the Houston Independent School District. HISD’s superintendent released a statement Tuesday, saying the district stands ready to welcome its new students.
However, the North Forest ISD plans to appeal the TEA’s decision and released a statement Tuesday saying that improvement plans are in action.
“Strategic plans already underway will result in what we all want – an academically and financially stable district that will provide the best possible education for our students.”
Kenneth Woods, a North Forest ISD alumnus, said he can’t imagine northeast Houston without North Forest schools.
“They’re a part of this community and it won’t feel right if they’re gone,” he said.
Ivory Mayhorn, the president of the North Forest Neighborhood Association, agreed.
“It’s like ripping the heart out of this community,” he said.