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UPDATE: Administrators hold meetings to discuss school's future

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Tomorrow morning Lubbock ISD trustees will decide the future of Smylie Wilson Middle School. Tomorrow morning Lubbock ISD trustees will decide the future of Smylie Wilson Middle School.

They'll vote on whether to change it to a magnet school open to students throughout the district. Its new curriculum would be a steam program; that's science, technology, engineering, art and math.

For the past few years, Smylie Wilson's state ratings have fallen with "F"s the last two years. District leaders say the change would allow current Smylie students to learn better in higher performing campuses. They'd be split between Irons and Mackenzie middle schools.

"We know that to reach our goal to ensure we're serving at least 80% of our kids in 'A' and 'B' campuses within the next five years, that we have to take courageous action and do some things differently," Kathy Rollo, superintendent for Lubbock ISD said. "So, if we were to wait until next year to make this decision, then TEA has said we could only send the kids to 'A' and 'B' campuses; and although we want all of our campuses to be 'A' and 'B', we're not there yet. Hutchingson Middle School is our only 'A' middle school, and it's already overcapacity with students."

The district would assign more teachers, administrators  and counselors to both Irons and Mackenzie.

On top of that, Rollo says the district is re-evaluating how it staffs middle schools. Class sizes might get smaller next school year. If the trustees vote down this decision, the state will levy more sanctions against Smylie Wilson.

The trustees convene tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. in the board room at the Lubbock ISD admin building at the corner of 19th and Ave. Q.

Lubbock ISD administrators getting feedback on changes to Smylie Wilson Middle School.

The district wants to convert Smylie Wilson into a magnet program, and move some current students to Mackenzie and Irons. That would require re-zoning for both schools.

The first of three meetings on the issue was held at Mackenzie Middle School on Monday at 6:30 p.m. The second meeting was today at Irons at 6:30 p.m.

The Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting, the third and final meeting, on November 21 at 7 a.m. in the Board Room of the Central Administration Building at 1628 19th street.

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