Save jones elementary
by, 05-27-2009 at 12:13 PM (7390 Views)
In February 2007, Waller ISD held a meeting to discuss the allocation of funds from a $49 million dollar bond that would be issued. In the meeting, it was agreed that $7 million would go towards repairing and renovating the Waller High School Stadium.On a Sunday night, after schools had been let out, and without posting proper notice- a handful of board members met again. This time, the covert group of members amended the original decision and allocated $17 million to build a brand new stadium for the high school, while giving H.T. Jones Elementary less than 1% of the bond. The district is planning to spend $49.1 million in the predominately White city of Waller, Texas, while appropriating a little more than $250,000 in the City of Prairie View which is home to Jones.
Jones Elementary, a 50- year old school that once served the districtís African American population during segregation, is now a historic beacon of the Prairie View community. The school is in poor physical condition and has not been maintained to the standards of other predominately white schools in the district. It is the only school in the district without air conditioning in the gymnasium. The library is poorly stocked, the playground is anything but, and the voters of Prairie View are outraged. By undermining their right to attend such meetings, only 7 people were allowed to make crucial decisions on how to handle the substantial bond money.
Prairie View is also home to Prairie View A & M University. Many attempts have been made to deter students (moving the polls, setting up different election dates, attempting to pass local laws claiming the students don't/shouldn't have the right to vote in the county, etc.), who make up a majority of the city's population, from voting in not only in regular elections in Waller County, but the past presidential election as well. During the 2008 presidential elections students marched 7 miles to the nearest voting poll because the county refused to place a poll on campus to be accessible to students. PV students also represent the largest voting block in the county.
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