Vote scheduled for controversial site of Fort Worth school

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on March 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 11 at 9:24 PM

FORT WORTH — The future expansion of Fort Worth ISD Young Women's Leadership Academy could be decided at a Tuesday morning meeting.

Tarrant County Commissioners are scheduled to discuss and vote on selling a county building to the district.  The building would provide an additional campus for the program, which has been successful so far.

But in recent weeks, concerns have surfaced over the building's location, which is next door to the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center.

Judge Glen Whitley is concerned that some parolees — who commonly use the city's bus system — might violate their parole if a school is established because of court restrictions on how close certain offenders can be to schools.

For example, sex offenders are usually prevented from being within 500 to 1,000 feet of a school.

"The bottom line is, we're asking them to break the law if they use our bus system. In many cases, they don't have other forms of transportation," Judge Whitley said at a recent meeting. 

When News 8 stopped by the area near the corner of Jones Street and East 8th Street on Monday morning, there was a group of just-released state prisoners waiting for rides and to hop on a bus.  

The district said it would refrain from comment until after a possible decision on Tuesday.  Previously, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Walter Dansby had said the school would address security concerns as necessary, and that the downtown site was an ideal location for expansion.  

Other commissioners are supportive of the location. 

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