AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Sunday afternoon, James Allen took off his AISD hat to speak as a citizen concerned for his community.
Allen along with other folks came together to discuss the importance of the next Amarillo Independent School District Board meeting and a proposal that could better the lives of students that live in the North Heights area.
"We have kids that are on bus stops as early as 6:30 a.m. to go across town and their going to pass a school they could walk to, or what they could go to is a neighborhood school, and I think that's wrong. I think we need to explore making this community like every other community in the city of Amarillo," said Allen.
Potter County Commissioner, Alphonso Vaughn, was also present at the forum and he said this has been a problem for over 40-years.
Vaughn recounts his days as young school boy being told he had to leave a school in his community and travel to a further area to receive an education.
"One way busing is never good to achieve integration, certainly great and the idea was very laudable and noble but I think it could have been looked at in favorable way that could have enhanced the whole community of AISD."
Allen said the first step to a solution will take place at the next AISD board meeting. Board members will discuss the possibility to add class room space to Carver Elementary and Carver ECA, and also create a committee or administration to conduct neighborhood meetings.
The proposal will take place Monday, March, 20, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Amarillo ISD education support center board room.