In an abundance of caution and to ensure the safety of our staff, students, and families, Taft ISD has decided to
close all campuses for On-Campus Instruction and provide Remote Instruction through Friday, November 20,
2020. The safety of our staff, students, and families is a priority for Taft ISD and, given the rise in positive
cases in our county, our decision to close is to protect both students and staff from further exposure and risk.
On-Campus Instruction will resume after Thanksgiving Break on Monday, November 30, 2020.
On November 11, 2020, Woodroe Petty Elementary Administration was notified of two situations. One was of two students who met the “close contact” criteria with a confirmed positive COVID 19 family member and the other was notification of a confirmed positive COVID 19 student. We have notified those staff members and parents of students who were possibly in “close contact” with the affected student. In an abundance of caution and to ensure the safety of our staff, students, and families, Taft ISD has decided to provide Remote instruction for the impacted elementary campus and/or grade levels for the next five school days. We will be using this time to disinfect and sanitize. On Campus instruction will resume for them on November 19, 2020.
Target Improvement Plan Public Hearing Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Taft Junior High School
1150 Gregory Street
Taft, Texas 78390
Hear How We Plan to Improve Woodroe Petty Elementary and Taft Junior High School.
The origin of Taft goes back to the formation of the Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company in 1880 later known as the Taft Ranch. In 1900, a transition from ranching to farming began. In 1904, the Taft Ranch put 200 acres into cultivated cotton acreage. By 1909, there were 2,300 acres in cultivation. In 1903, the Company established a store at Mesquital, a railroad spur serving a series of loading pens, and in 1904, a town was formed at this site between Gregory and Sinton, and it was renamed Taft.
In 1909, Taft began to experience the initial stages of development. The first school was sectioned off in an old warehouse in 1904. The first industry in Taft was a cotton gin. The railroad located a passenger depot in Taft in 1908. In 1909, an assembly hall was completed, and President William Howard Taft paid his famous visit. In August 1921, the Taft Independent School District was formed. In 1921, the Taft Tribune began publication, and in 1923, the First State Bank and the First National Bank were organized. Taft was incorporated as a municipality in 1929.