Hundreds of East Texas parents packed the Tyler ISD School Board meeting, hoping to save their school. For the first time tonight, school board members openly discussed the possibility of closing Jones Elementary School. TISD is considering consolidating the school with the new Peete Elementary School being built nearby. Parents say they were promised in the last bond election, Jones would get a new school. They also say the reason Jones is so successful is because of it's small size, and consolidating it with Peete Elementary would make it the largest elementary school in the district.
"If you judge the record of Principal Berrier and the staff at Jones, we feel you easily see they are an exemplarily campus, and they have the kind of success you would want to duplicate throughout the district, not close it," said John Johnson, Jone's parent.
"We were considered in the first bond issue as far as having a new school reconstructed and going back on your word is not the right thing to do, especially that's not teaching our children anything," said Victoria Goss, Jone's parent. No action took place at tonight's meeting. TISD says this is the first step in discussing Jone's future. The district says it plans on holding other public meetings.