Update 8 p.m. Sunday
The Fort Worth school district issued a statement late Sunday saying that it is "very likely an addition will be designed for the existing Tanglewood campus."
The school district reinterated that there are no plans to close the campus and said officials will be meeting with residents in each of the nine board member's attendance zones to discuss the proposal.
Update 6:20 p.m. Sunday
Judy Needham, the Fort Worth school board member whose district includes Tanglewood, sent this statement to the Star-Telegram:
"After hearing from many concerned Tanglewood parents and neighbors, I have asked the consultants to design an addition for Tanglewood."
Needham was board president until July 23, when trutees elected a new slate of officers. The new board president is Christene Moss. Trustee Ann Sutherland also represents portions of Tanglewood. See maps here.
Here's an article with an overview of the many projects being considered for the possible bond that is slated for Monday's Star-Telegram by Jessamy Brown and Diane Smith.
Concerned parents at Tanglewood Elementary have launched a Facebook group called Save Tanglewood Elementary.
Here's its explanation of what it is about:
"This group has been formed by the concerned residents of the neighborhoods served by the Tanglewood elementary school. Our community is being threatened with the loss of our K-5 neighborhood school which would be replaced by a similarly sized single grade 6 campus and the loss of community as well as traffic/safety concerns that a school with 100% annual student turnover would bring.
Make no mistake, the impact of this decision will affect not just those whose children attend Tanglewood but all residents within reasonable proximity to the current school who believe the school is a community asset that positively affects our lives and property values."
In a letter from principal Connie J. Smith, parents were told about two options being considered in a possible Nov. 5 bond package.
"One of the issues that directly affects the Tanglewood community is the present overcrowding and proposed construction of a new school west of Hulen. With the expansion, it is imperative that the district looks at all practical options to accommodate the increase in school children," she wrote.
Smith also wrote: "At this time, the priorities are to maintain current boundaries and assure the integrity of the school tradition and excellence." (Read more here about the school ranking among the state's best. Tanglewood holds the state's top academic rating of exemplary.) (And click here for the Star-Telegram editorial board's take on the package).
The first option is to turn Tanglewood into a prek to second grade school and move students in grades 3, 4 and 5 to a new school. "The current bountaries would remain the same with enough room on both of the campuses for anticipated growth," the letter says.
The other proposal is for students in prek to grade 5 to move to a new school. The current building would become a sixth grade center, replacing McLean Sixth, which would become a prek center.
Smith wrote: "A third option of expanding the existing campus to accommodate the growth was considered but the consultants did not feel that it was feasible because of the long term projections and the space available."
Neighbors are invited to an "emergency meeting" on the proposals being hosted by the Tanglewood Neighborhood Association scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m.