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Decision Nears On Which Students To Be Moved To New Campus

A decision just two days away will impact hundreds of families in Tyler. 

Which children will attend TISD's newest elementary school come this Fall?  The campus was approved to relieve overcrowding at Rice and Owens Elementaries.

Work continues on the new campus in far South Tyler as parents and students get ready to hear who might stay and who might go.

"My son has a lot of friends here at this school, and I'd hate for them to have to go to a different school," said one mother of a Rice student.

It's proposed the southern attendance of Rice Elementary would extend south to Grande Boulevard, and on the east of Broadway down to Jeff Davis Drive.

"There have been several meetings with community members as well as administration and staff, and they started reviewing these maps and suggesting options and changes," says John Orbaugh, Technology Services Director of TISD.

Parents whose kids would stay put are very relieved.

"[My son is] six, and this is his first year. I wanted him to go to a school that he could go to throughout his entire time in elementary," said mother Kim Ortiz.

Another mother says if her kids move, that's okay.

"I think [both school's] will be great. My little boy is in Kindergarten, so we're not in the middle of his elementary career," says mother Delaine Lusk 

While there is inconvenience and some parents will not be happy their child going to another school, there is probably going to be no debate about the namesake of this new campus.

The memory of Bryan Jack will be honored by the naming of Jack Elementary School. Jack was on American Flight 77 which slammed into the Pentagon the morning of September 11th.

The boundaries and the name will be open for public debate, and an expected final vote Thursday night. The public hearing will be at 7 p.m. at the Plyler Complex on West Glenwood in Tyler.

Morgan Palmer, reporting.


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