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Community organizers with the COPS/Metro Alliance speaks to the Southside school board Oct. 17, 2019 as a mom who was denied access to her son's school wipes away a tear.
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Updated Oct. 28: The Southside Independent School District sent a letter to parents Monday notifying them that a state-issued ID is no longer required to gain full access to its campuses.

Superintendent Mark Eads said in the letter that school visitors can show any form of government-issued photo ID to gain entry to Southside campuses.

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Allegations of ethical and financial misconduct have put four San Antonio school districts under scrutiny by the Texas Education Agency – an amount of state involvement in local district operations unmatched by any other major Texas metro.

Southside superintendent Mark Eads, left, and the district's board of managers listen to a presentation on May 16, 2019.
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The Texas Education Agency has set a date for a gradual transition back to independent governance in the Southside school district: May 2020.

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The faculty, staff and students of the Southside Independent School District were sent home Tuesday morning after a natural gas line exploded near the district offices early Tuesday morning.

Southside ISD spokesman Randy Escamilla helps students grab shovels for the ceremonial groundbreaking of a medical clinic next to the district's central office Nov. 5, 2018.
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The Southside Independent School District is building a medical clinic next to the district’s central office.

At a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, school officials said the clinic will be free for the district’s more than 5,000 students. It will also be open to district staff and community members.

Southwest ISD built Legacy High School as part of its 2012 bond.
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Updated Nov. 6 with election results.

The Southwest Independent School District’s $75 million bond passed on Tuesday night, paving the way for a new indoor pool south of Highway 90. Southside ISD’s $17 million bond to upgrade athletic facilities was struck down.

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The Southwest and Southside independent school districts have bond elections on the November midterm ballot.

UIW medical student Edwin Davila talks to a Southside ISD student at a family orientation in the fall of 2017.
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A few weeks into their first semester at University of the Incarnate Word’s School of Osteopathic Medicine, the 162 students in UIW’s inaugural class were paired up with 27 families from the Southside Independent School District.

For the next two years, the medical students will visit or call the parents, grandparents and students every two weeks. The goal is to help the families improve their health in a part of the region that has some of the worst health outcomes in San Antonio.

The state is taking over the Southside Independent School District, following an investigation that found bad management and possible criminal violations.