Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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June 21, 2013

CISD parents address discipline concerns

Skipping class, security among concerns

About a dozen parents showed up to this week’s Cleburne ISD board meeting prepared to tell trustees about the problems they see on campuses.

Keith Ledwig, who will have a sophomore and junior at Cleburne High School this year, spoke for the group of parents who are calling themselves “Parents for a Better CISD.” 

“There seems to be no accountability for anything that is happening in the high school,” Ledwig said. “The kids are coming to school out of dress code, wearing what they want. Running the school, running the classrooms.” 

Trustees could not respond because such a discussion was not listed on the agenda. Superintendent Tim Miller responded via email about the discipline issues Ledwig addressed. 

“The high school discipline data we shared at the end of the meeting supports the measures that we have taken to improve student discipline [percentage of violent or criminal incidents decreased by 24 percent], enforce the dress code [enforcement of dress code increased by 79 percent] and get students to the correct class on time [percentage of tardy students decreased by 10 percent].”

Ledwig said there is an issue with students skipping class either by hiding in the bathroom or going to classes that aren’t on their schedule. 

“There are kids going to classes they don’t belong in, parents getting called,” he said. “This is going on unrecognized for five and six absences in a row. We want to know why this is being allowed.” 

The Ledwigs, last year, said they put their home on the market and had intended to move to Grandview ISD, but decided to stay after they said Superintendent Tim Miller promised them things would change. At the time, the couple said they did not believe CISD administrators were doing enough to push their students and were spending too much time focused on troublemakers. 

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