Special Saturday session for Houston ISD board

HOUSTON (FOX 26) — The Houston Independent School District conducted a special Saturday session at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center to address the most important matters of concern for the district.

Houston ISD Board of Education trustees hosted the public meeting and discussed the $76 million budget gap and potential takeover by the Texas Education Agency.

"I’ve been relatively involved for four or five years and I’ve struggled with seeing the board devolve," said Heather Golden, the parent of an HISD student. "I’ve struggled with watching them not know how to get along and not know how to solve problems together and not how to put personal issues aside and work on what’s best for kids.”

"As a board, we do need to come together to make sure that we put kids first and making sure the kids excel academically," said Houston ISD board trustee Wanda Adams. "Remember, we had over 50 IR campuses. We went from 50 to 22 to 10 now 4. We have a 91 percent rating in HISD. We have a B rating, our finances have been as high as they’ve ever been.

The special session followed criticism of the district from Texas Governor Greg Abbott posted on his Twitter account. Gov. Abbott said, in part, "If ever there was a school board that needs to be taken over and reformed it’s HISD. Their students & parents deserve change."

The Houston ISD board meeting for January is scheduled to take place on Thursday.