Gregory-Lincoln Education Center

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Gregory-Lincoln Education Center

Gregory-Lincoln Education Center (GLEC) is a K-8 school located at 1101 Taft in the Fourth Ward area of Houston, Texas, United States.

Gregory-Lincoln, a combined elementary and middle school that serves grades Kindergarten through 8, is a part of the Houston Independent School District.

Gregory-Lincoln has a fine arts magnet that takes students in both the elementary and middle school levels.

As of 2011 Pamela Farinas is the principal administrator of Gregory-Lincoln.

History[edit]

The former Gregory-Lincoln Education Center campus, built in 1966
Gregory-Lincoln Education Center under construction
Gregory-Lincoln Education Center after completed construction

A previous campus for Gregory Lincoln was built in 1966.[1] The original campus had three stories.[2] In the school's history it received enrollment decreases, particularly when the population decreased from 900 students in the 2000-2001 period to about 700 students in the 2004-2005 period.[2]

In 2000,[2] the district announced that Gregory-Lincoln would receive a new campus that would be on the site of the old campus. Initially HISD planned to locate the HSPVA High Schoolfor the Performing and Visual Arts on the same site. Rumors of an American Civil War grave site prevented any development for several years.[3] In 2006 Houston ISD did not find any new grave sites and started development of Gregory-Lincoln. [1][dead link] The new Gregory-Lincoln campus was scheduled to be completed by 2008.[1] [2][dead link]

The development attracted controversy since it used eminent domain to seize property owned by existing residents, even though some residents expressed a reluctance to have their property seized. Betty L. Martin of the Houston Chronicle said that some of the properties were "reputed to be of historical significance."[2]

The current $13.5 million, 114,000-square-foot (10,600 m2) school building was financed by the $808.6 million 2002 Rebuild HISD bond. On Monday, December 31, 2007, the two story current Gregory Lincoln building opened. As of January 2008 it has about 500 students. The demolition of the original campus was scheduled to begin in January 2008. The district planned to grade the land and place an athletic field for middle school students and a playground for elementary school students. The new school building includes digital ceiling-mounted projectors in the classrooms.[2]

As a result of the closing of J. Will Jones Elementary School,[4] Gregory-Lincoln's elementary boundary had an increase in territory in Midtown.[5]

As the result of the 2011 closing of E.O. Smith Education Center, Gregory-Lincoln's middle school boundary had an increase in territory in Downtown Houston.[6][7] As part of rezoning for the 2014-2015 school year, all portions of Midtown previously zoned to Blackshear Elementary School and all portions of Downtown previously zoned to Blackshear as well as many portions previously zoned to Bruce Elementary School were rezoned to Gregory-Lincoln for elementary school.[8]

Student body[edit]

During the 2004-2005 school year [3], Gregory-Lincoln had 770 students. During the 2000-2001 school year the school had 906 students; gentrification of the areas within the elementary and middle school attendance boundaries has caused enrollment to drop [4].

During the 2004-2005 school year, school was mostly African-American, with 58% of its students being African-American. The school had a large Hispanic minority, which made up 39% of the student body. Non-Hispanic White students and Asian American students each made up 1% of the student body. There were no Native American students enrolled at Gregory-Lincoln.

91% of the students qualified for free or reduced lunch.

School uniforms[edit]

Gregory-Lincoln requires school uniforms [5] [6] (PDF file).

All students must wear red, white, or burgundy polo shirts. Students must wear blue or khaki trousers, shorts, or skirts.

The Texas Education Agency specified that the parents and/or guardians of students zoned to a school with uniforms may apply for a waiver to opt out of the uniform policy so their children do not have to wear the uniform [7]; parents must specify "bona fide" reasons, such as religious reasons or philosophical objections.

Neighborhoods served by Gregory-Lincoln[edit]

The elementary attendance boundary includes the Fourth Ward, a portion of Midtown, and a portion of Downtown.[9]

The middle school attendance boundary includes the Fourth Ward, most of Downtown, almost all of Midtown (the portion north of U.S. Highway 59), and portions of Neartown Houston east of Montrose Boulevard (including Avondale, Westmoreland,[10] and North Montrose).[7]

Feeder patterns[edit]

All of the areas zoned to Gregory-Lincoln for elementary school continue on to Gregory-Lincoln Middle School.[7][9]

Elementary schools that feed into Gregory-Lincoln for middle school include:

  • Gregory-Lincoln's elementary school program
  • Wharton[11]
  • Blackshear (partial)[12]
  • Bruce (partial)[13]
  • Crockett (partial)[14]
  • MacGregor (partial)[15]
  • Wilson (partial)[16]

Students within the elementary school attendance zone and students within the middle school attendance zone are zoned to either Davis High School (the Downtown portion), Lamar High School, or Reagan High School.[17][18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "School Histories." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on April 1, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e Martin, Betty L. "Gregory-Lincoln replacement facility opens." Houston Chronicle. Wednesday January 2, 2008. Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Plocek, Keith. "On Shaky Grounds." Houston Press. December 30, 2004. 1. Retrieved on November 23, 2009.
  4. ^ "J. Will Jones Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on August 19, 2009.
  5. ^ "HISD PROPOSED ATTENDANCE BOUNDARIES FOR BLACKSHEAR, JW JONES, & GREGORY LINCOLN ES." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on August 19, 2009.
  6. ^ "E.O. Smith Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on January 21, 2009.
  7. ^ a b c "Gregory-Lincoln Middle School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  8. ^ "AGENDA Board of Education Meeting March 13, 2014." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on March 15, 2014. "Current Attendance Boundaries" New 03/06/04 Attachment F-2 March 2014 p. 31/119. and "Proposed Attendance Boundaries" New 03/06/04 Attachment F-2 March 2014 p. 32/119.
  9. ^ a b "Gregory-Lincoln Elementary School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  10. ^ "Westmoreland Historic District." City of Houston. Retrieved on May 26, 2010.
  11. ^ "Wharton Elementary School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  12. ^ "HISD PROPOSED ATTENDANCE BOUNDARIES FOR BLACKSHEAR, JW JONES, & GREGORY LINCOLN ES." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on August 19, 2009.
  13. ^ "Bruce Elementary School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  14. ^ "Crockett Elementary School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  15. ^ "MacGregor Elementary School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  16. ^ "Wilson Elementary School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  17. ^ "Davis High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  18. ^ "Lamar High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  19. ^ "Reagan High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.

External links[edit]

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