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April 24, 2013
Commissioner Williams visits West ISD
WEST – Commissioner Michael L. Williams today met with administrators, educators and students in the West Independent School District to assess the district’s needs for the remainder of the school year. West ISD began classes this week following a tragic explosion that devastated the community on April 17.
“The people of West have been through a tremendous amount over the past week, but school officials here knew the importance that restarting classes would have for the children in this community,” said Commissioner Williams. “The commitment to every child in West from teachers, administrators and staff is very evident.”
The Commissioner and Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff members have been in contact with West ISD Superintendent Marty Crawford from the early stages of the disaster. TEA representatives travelled to West Thursday as the district worked on plans to restart its school year.
Williams visited two campuses that now serve as WISD schools. With three of its four campuses destroyed or damaged in last week’s explosion, the WISD has been forced to operate on two campuses, including utilizing a building in the nearby Connally ISD in Waco to hold classes for grades 7 through 12. Williams made note of the overwhelming support provided to West ISD from school districts across the area and state, as well as Education Service Center Region 12.
“The response to this tragedy in West should make all Texans proud,” said Commissioner Williams.
Williams provided assurance to Crawford that TEA will continue to provide the school district with as much flexibility as possible on all waiver requests submitted to the agency. Key TEA staff members have been assigned to work with WISD through the end of this school year and into the next.