Brazos School Starts Classes

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It has been a tough year for the Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity.
First the school had to deal with an investigation by the Texas Education Agency, which found the school misused $300,000 worth of expenditures.

The investigation also found the school overpaid Brazos School Superintendent Robert Slater and Board President Thomas Reynolds more than a quarter million dollars.

Both men resigned over the summer, and most recently the Texas Education Agency found the school academically unacceptable.
However, the problems didn't stop the school from opening its doors Tuesday for another year.

"He has been asking for weeks when school starts," parent Andrea Andrews said. "He is so happy to be here and it was easy to drop him off. He hugged me and then he was ready to play."

But for parents, there was some concern their children wouldn't spend the first day or any other day at the Brazos School.

"I was worried, and I really didn't want it to close," parent Rhonda Wade said.

Wade's daughter has attended the school for three years.

"The things that they taught her in kindergarten, I was like there is no other school for her," Wade said.

Even amid problems and a lingering possibility that the school might not re-open, Wade says she dismissed the problems.

"I love the school, I love the teachers, and I love how they work together," Wade said. "We just had to stick together and stick with them."

According to Wade, teachers have returned and her daughter's classmates are back for another year.

There are even students that are attending the Brazos School for the first time.

"I came over here and they signed him up," parent Ginger Pittman said. "It's a very lovely school."

A few of the new parents were unaware of the school's problems, and that the school's future is uncertain.
Administrators will not talk about the current situation, and if the TEA finds the school to be academically unacceptable two years in a row, they could shut the charter school doors for good.

TEA officials say the Brazos School is responsible for notifying parents about its accountability rating.

Brazos School administrators did not return our phone calls, and school staff refused to comment.