DISD Meets with Activists Demanding New South Oak Cliff High School

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DALLAS -- School may be out for the summer, but for some community activist and students, one school still isn’t making the grade.

“We come here today, having a meeting regarding the South Oak Cliff High School. We know we’ve been meeting all year long to address the needs of the facility,” Minister Dominique Alexander said Wednesday.

Folks with the Next Generation Action Network met with DISD leaders to get something done to the deteriorating building. Last year, the board approved $25 million for repairs, but students and community leaders want more.

South Oak Cliff Parent Collation President Pastor Maxie Jonson said, “That $25 million only covers 60,000 square feet of a 200,000 square feet building. That’s not good enough. That’s just more patch work.”

And now, these leaders say there’s a new concern.

“The administration has done a water test, it came back that the water is contaminated,” Jonson said.

So far, DISD hasn't confirmed that.

“Everything has come out, and we're not going to stop doing what we need to do to get what we deserve, which is a new school and better environment that is conducive to learning,” said student David Johnson.

Meanwhile, folks here say the only option is a brand new building.

“Give the teachers, the community, the parents, and the kids a brand new South Oak Cliff high school,”  Jonson said.