Activists Calling for New South Oak Cliff High School Campus

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DALLAS -- It’s no secret students at South Oak Cliff High school in Dallas are sick and tired of their school. And it’s not because of the homework.

Back in December, fed up students organized a walkout to protest conditions of the 65-year-old building. Pictures back then showed missing  ceiling panels, leaks, and students crammed into hallways because it was too hot in the classrooms.

Tuesday, community activists say not much has changed. They released more photos showing the problems the school is facing.

“Those pictures that I released were taken yesterday. We need the district to step up,” Minister Dominique Alexander said.

Folks with the Next Generation Action Network aren’t demanding just a major makeover at the school. They want a Dallas ISD do-over using bond money to build a brand new school.

“Our organization is committed to turn the purser back on the administration, and there will be possible walkouts and possible community support in protest around this,” Alexander said.

The district has taken steps to fix some of the problems at the school, but some say it isn’t enough.

“There have been many possibilities, but there has not been a solid plan that the community and the administrations of DISD has agreed upon,” Alexander said.

“Academically wise, I feel we have the best teachers here, we have the best staff, we have the best kids, and they deserve a new school,” South Oak Cliff Alumni Douglas Grace said.

Dallas ISD declined to comment, but Next Generation says they’d rather have dialog with the district than another walkout.

“I want the district to know that we’re serious and waiting for them to respond.”

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