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Midland Residents Not Happy About Possible Alternative School Being Built in Their Neighborhood

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - An unwanted neighbor could be moving into an upscale Midland neighborhood soon. The Midland School District is looking into converting the West Early Childhood Center into a new alternative school.

"There's other places that are better, there's a lot of places downtown that perhaps would be better than a neighborhood with children and we are really not 100 percent for it," resident, Lillian Reynolds, said.

Reynolds lives a few blocks from West Early Childhood Center. She says the neighborhood already has problems of its own and adding the alternative program would only create more.

"All in all it brings the value of our homes down, it's gonna make it harder to sell the home over here knowing that you are across the street from an alternative high school. The overall thought of kids that can't make it in our general population, there is a problem, if they can't make it in the general population," Reynolds said.

Reynolds isn't the only one who feels this way, a neighbor who does not want to be identified, says the neighborhood doesn't need problematic children.

"Now we're talking about older kids that do know better that chose usually to do wrong or have often chosen to do wrong. So no, we don't want them in our neighborhood. My son could potentially catch the bus, and I am not going to let him do that, not at all, if it's that campus," the neighbor said.

Midland ISD Superintendent, Dr. Ryder Warren, says West is not the only option the district is considering for the alternative program.

"Is West going to be the final resting place for MAP? I just don't know yet, I mean that's one idea to put it there. The board is open to looking into anything, any idea," Warren said.

Dr. Warren says that although these students are in the alternative program, his staff doesn't have as many issues as many think.

"We really don't have issues at M.A.P. and that's when I am talking to communities out there, that's what I am trying to reassure them is we just don't have a lot of issues with the kids at the disciplinary alternative school," Warren said. 

He says West is still going to be used but its purpose is still up in the air.

"West is still a historic building. It's one of the first buildings built in Midland so we still need to do something with it. We are going to talk about it in the next couple of months, we will probably talk about the designation West will have for the future and decide what we are going to do," Warren said.

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