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April 19 Update on West ISD and Ways You Can Help

The West Independent School District held a press conference late yesterday to announce that the district will resume classes on Monday. Superintendent Marty Crawford said a plan has been developed to finish out the semester after the fertilizer plant explosion destroyed the intermediate school and left the high school and middle schools in an unsafe condition.

"We are going to have everyone working to make the next month of school enjoyable," Crawford said at a news conference Thursday, stressing the importance of normalcy after the accident. "It's extremely important that we have consistency in these kids' lives."

Pre-K to sixth-graders will be housed in West Elementary School. Grand Prairie ISD is donating three doublewide portable buildings for a sixth-grade academy. The seventh- to 12th grade students will be attending classes at nearby Connally ISD.

Many school districts have been reaching out to offer assistance. If you are with a local school district and have an offer of assistance, please email that offer to allison.albrecht@gpisd.org. Grand Prairie ISD will compile the master list and make it available to West superintendent Crawford.

Other ways you can help West ISD and the community:

  • ESC 12 is coordinating efforts to assist West ISD and the students who will be attending classes on Monday. They have posted a list of supplies that secondary school students and teachers will need.
  • For those who are geographically close to Waco, donations are being collected at the McLennan County Extension Office. Water, Gatorade, food, toiletries, baby wipes, baby items, blankets, towels, wash rags, clothing and shoes for men, woman and children are among the many things needed. Please bring donations by the extension office today: 420 N 6th St, Waco, TX 76701-1315, mclennan-tx@tamu.edu, Office: (254) 757-5180; Fax: (254) 757-5097
  • Blood donations will eventually be needed, which is one way to provide support in our local areas through Carter Blood Care.
  • Baylor University has organized a West news page and Relief Fund, which includes links to other organizations responding to the tragedy.

As the district learns more about their needs, they will work to update the district website.