New Caney ISD deals with superintendent fallout, rezones middle schools

New Caney ISD's board of trustees approved rezoning middle school attendance zones ahead of Keefer Crossing Middle School's opening. (Rendering courtesy New Caney ISD)
New Caney ISD's board of trustees approved rezoning middle school attendance zones ahead of Keefer Crossing Middle School's opening. (Rendering courtesy New Caney ISD)

New Caney ISD's board of trustees approved rezoning middle school attendance zones ahead of Keefer Crossing Middle School's opening. (Rendering courtesy New Caney ISD)

New Caney ISD’s board of trustees approved rezoning its middle schools and announced the district will go through an audit to find any additional wrongdoing by former Superintendent Kenn Franklin.

Board Vice President Creg Mixon said the board has no information of any issues other than Franklin’s alleged theft and tampering with government documents but that trustees wish to have a good view of the district’s finances before a new superintendent is hired.

“This board wants to ensure that we continue to be able to be appropriate public stewards in our district,” Mixon said.

Franklin resigned as superintendent Nov. 16 and was booked at Montgomery County Jail on Jan. 7.

Board President Chad Turner said the board has posted the superintendent application, which will remain open until Feb. 12. He said the board is grateful for the input of the NCISD community in this process.


"Our goal is to continue to keep you guys in the loop as much as you can because I know that the questions are being asked out there, so we wanted to give that to you tonight,” Turner said.

The board also approved rezoning middle school attendance zones. This will move approximately 20% of current sixth-graders from New Caney Middle School to Keefer Crossing Middle School and eventually New Caney High School. Keefer Crossing is expected to open in time for the 2021-22 school year.

“These decisions aren't something that they just do overnight. This takes a considerable amount of time for them to do,” Turner said. “It's also something that we also have had additional workshops and have asked a lot of difficult questions of our administration to see what options we have, and at the end of the day, this is the best option for the kids."

By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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