Last week, the Houston ISD Board of Education held public meetings for the first time since Hurricane Harvey. The Houston GPS team attended both the agenda review on Tuesday, 9/12 and the monthly board meeting on Thursday, 9/14. As expected, most of the time during both meetings was dedicated to discussing recovery and relief efforts in HISD. Although 271 schools started on September 11 and will follow a relatively normal schedule for the rest of the year, twelve schools will still face delayed start dates, shared/alternate campuses, and extended school days through the end of the semester. See the list of schools starting late.

We want to thank the Board and district administration for the leadership they’ve shown in the wake of this natural disaster. Their efforts allowed HISD to meet needs of thousands of children and families across this city during a very difficult time. As the district shifts focus back to its primary task of educating students, we will continue to hold board members accountable to high standards, and we hope they will continue demonstrating the leadership and collaboration that they’ve shown over the last few weeks. Given the difficult financial and academic situation, the district was in before the storm, now more than ever, we need our board members to focus on budget stability and ensuring that all children have access to an excellent public education.