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Community input meetings scheduled for new FBISD high school programs

January 5, 2019

Fort Bend ISD is hosting community input meetings focusing on three new programs proposed for Hightower, Willowridge and Marshall High Schools. If approved by trustees, the programs will be open to all current eight-graders and are expected to launch in the fall semester of 2019, according to district officials.

A new computer programing curriculum for students who want to learn to code JAVA is proposed for Willowridge High School. At Marshall High School, plans are under development for a “school within a school” focusing on an early college high school program to offer students the opportunity to earn a free associates degree and 60 hours of college credit. If approved by trustees, Hightower High School could gain a new a “Pathways of Technology” Program, also called a P-Tech program, focusing on specific certification classes in health science courses.

The first community meeting is scheduled Jan. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hightower High School located at 3333 Hurricane Lane in Missouri City.

Marshall High School administrators will host a community meeting on Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. Marshall High School is located at 1220 Buffalo Run in Missouri City.

On Jan. 23, a community meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. at McAuliffe Middle School campus located at 16650 South Post Oak in Houston.

District officials first revealed preliminary details of the proposed programs to trustees at the Dec. 17 board meeting. Community meetings were then scheduled to allow parents and students the chance to learn more about the proposed programs and offer their feedback.

If approved, the programs will launch in the summer of 2019. The programs would accept students from across the district and will be open to current eight-graders. A timeline for the application process has not yet been determined but is expected to begin sometime in the spring semester. If the new programs reach full capacity, administrators say they haven’t yet determined how it would be decided which students would be accepted.

Trustees are expected to review the proposed programs and vote whether to approve the plans at a board meeting scheduled Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. Board meetings are open to the public and are held at the district’s administrative offices located at 16431 Lexington in Sugar Land. For agenda information, visit www.fortbendisd.com

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