O.L. Slaton Students Voice Opinion With Rally - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/5/05

O.L. Slaton Students Voice Opinion With Rally

O.L. Slaton supporters are gaining strength in numbers. More than 100 students and parents rallied outside the junior high school on Wednesday morning.

They chanted, carried signs and wore t-shirts, urging LISD to keep the school open. It's the second rally in as many weeks. The district is proposing the closure of the school to renovate it into a center for arts, broadcasting and careers. Opponents at the rally say they aren't against the center, they're just against closing O.L. Slaton.

"The reason why I've done so well right now is because I actually went to O.L. Slaton. I had an experience with racial diversity, but also social class, economic class and an amazing education from some of the best teachers, I think, in town," Michael Pandya, a former O.L. Slaton student, said.

The school's location next to the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center is just one reason the district feels O.L. Slaton is the best choice. However, Wednesday, NewsChannel 11 learned not all school board members are for the change. Mark Griffin, Gordon Wilkerson and Vernita-Woods-Holmes could not be reached for comment. James Arnold told us he needs more information before he can make a decision. Roy Grimes supports the proposal. Karen slay and Mario Ybarra are against closing O.L. Slaton.

A final decision has not been made. A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11th at 6 p.m. at the LISD administration building.

To learn about the district's proposal, ( click here), or for a link to LISD's web site, ( click here).

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