Keller Independent School District
|Keller Independent School District|
|Type and location|
|Location||Northeast Tarrant County|
|Superintendent||Dr. Randy Reid|
|Students and staff|
The Keller Independent School District is a K-12 public school district based in Keller, Texas (USA). It serves more than 31,000 students from both Tarrant and Denton counties and operated 41 schools in the 2011-2012 school year. In 2009, the school district was rated "recognized" by the Texas Education Agency. In 2011, the district was rated "Academically Acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.
Keller ISD covers 51 square miles (130 km2) in northeast Tarrant County in cities such as Keller, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Watauga, North Richland Hills, Hurst, Colleyville, Southlake, and Westlake. This is a fast-growing area, with about 2,800 new homes being built in the district every year, and enrollment is rising more than 2,000 students annually.
The Gay community
In March 2015, a senior student by the name of Casey Akers who attended Timber Creek High School, was attempting to "prompose" to her girlfriend, however she was halted by the school administrators and Akers immediately perceived it as discrimination, because of her being gay. After the unfortunate actions, Akers made an statement: "I gave them all the details before. They say it’s fine. They find out who I am asking, then say it’s not fine,". Within a private conversation on Direct Message via Twitter, a friend of hers screen shot the conversation and posted it publicly, the hash-tag campaign "#LetCaseyPromposal" acquired international attention.
In midst of the situation however, a school official made a self-defensive statement: "In response to recent social media posts regarding “promposals” at our high school campuses, Keller ISD does not grant permission for any student, regardless of gender, to conduct public prom invitations, or promposals, on campus during the school day. Any previous promposals that have occurred have done so without District approval. Promposals, and other similar public displays, may create a disruption to the academic setting, therefore they are not allowed for any student." Despite the actions of the administrators, Akers was able to attend prom with her friend.
The incident inspired Senior student Emily Hobert, also a LGBT student that attends Keller High School slammed at Keller ISD, due to the district's discrimination policy did not include language specifically protecting students' Sexual orientation, she stated; "This incident really inspired me to get politically involved in what's going on in our community, and make it against policy to be allowed to do that," she also stated; "The [promposal] is just the catalyst of all this -- this is just a small example of the discrimination that the students face every single day by other students and by faculty and by the district by not including them in this policy,"
In the light of the events however, Keller ISD Board Members were considering policy protections for LGBT students.
On August 13, 2015, it was announced that Keller ISD postponed its vote LGBT policy revision during a meeting where over 200 civilians attended. Walter Vaughn, one of the officials of the school district made a comment; "Enforce what is already there" "it's part of life. Children are going to bully each other. And the only thing we can do as parents is try to teach them."
Schools are listed with the cities they are located in, which sometimes differ from the cities of their mailing addresses.
High schools (grades 9-12)
- Central High School, Fort Worth (est. 2003)
- Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Worth (est. 1994) (dedicated in 1995) (expanded in 1997)
- Keller High School, Keller
- Timber Creek High School, Fort Worth (est. 2009)
- Keller Learning Center, Keller
Middle schools (7-8)
- Fossil Hill Middle School, Fort Worth (est. 1987) (exp. 2001)
- Hillwood Middle School, Fort Worth
- Keller Middle School, Keller
- Indian Springs Middle School, Keller
- Trinity Springs Middle School, Fort Worth
- Timberview Middle School, Fort Worth (est. 2010)
Intermediate schools (5-6)
- Bear Creek Intermediate School, Keller
- Chisholm Trail Intermediate School, Fort Worth (est. 1990) (exp. 2013)
- Parkwood Hill Intermediate School, Fort Worth (est. 2004)
- South Keller Intermediate School, Keller
- Trinity Meadows Intermediate School, Fort Worth
- Timberview Middle School, Fort Worth (est. 2010)
Elementary Schools (K-4)
- "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency.
- "KISD Fast Facts" (PDF). Kellerisd.net. Keller ISD. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- "Construction fuels big gains in Alliance Corridor" by Adrienne Nettles, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 16, 2006
- "After "Promposal" Request Denial, Student Fights To Change Discrimination Policy". CVS 11 DFW (CBS KDFW). 23 April 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
- Castro, Bianca (13 August 2015). "Student Claims School Denied Her Lesbian Promposal Plan". NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (NBC 5 DFW). NBC 5 DFW. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
- Robertson, Sebastian (23 April 2015). "Keller ISD student takes issue with lack of LGBT policy". WFAA (WFAA). WFAA. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
- ENGELLAND, Sandra (2 August 2015). "Keller school board to consider policy protections for LGBT students, staff". Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth Star-Telegram). Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
- Unger, Tood (13 August 2015). "Keller ISD postpones vote on LGBT policy revision". WFAA (WFAA). WFAA. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
- Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)