School Board Gets The Boot In North Forest ISD

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After years of dismal test scores and a demonstrated inability to get a grip on its finances, as well as months of high drama with the school board firing and un-firing its superintendent several times, the North Forest ISD was officially put on notice today that the state is going to run its business.

Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott announced that he’s going to put in a new three-member board of managers to replace the elected school board and a new superintendent as soon as the Justice Department gives its OK. The board of managers approach is the last step before shutting down a district.

“The district is expected to start the new school year with an $11.8 million budget deficit. The district will not be able to sustain itself financially at its current taxing rate,” Scott said in a statement.

In the past year, North Forest wasn’t meeting payroll, has been denied short-term bridge loans by several banks, and its schools having been doing much to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Texas Education Agency reported.

More great news: the TEA will release its accountability ratings Friday at 1 p.m. as well as its annual dropout and completion report. Might as well get it all out of the way before school starts in less than a month.

-- Margaret Downing

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