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TYLER (KYTX) - They're a group from many backgrounds all with one common goal. They want to see Tyler ISD thrive in the community.

"We're a community organization, we're very inclusive, it's the entire community," said President Mark Randall.

"Tyler Proud" President Mark Randall has brought a group of nearly 1,000 people in the community together. Parents, business leaders, even former elected local politicians.

They all want to see students in Tyler ISD succeed.

"It's a great positive voice for Tyler and Tyler ISD," said Randall.

But they say, it's going to require positive support and involvement from the community.

"People who attend school board meetings may hear things they like, they might hear things they don't like. But what it does, it increases the involvement," said David Stein, "Tyler Proud" member.

On Monday, the "No More Excuses, Tyler ISD" coalition gathered asking the community to become more involved too.

However, they're message is a little different. They say new buildings will not help old problems.

"You want to make sure the environment is the best environment for teachers and students to grow," said Randall.

But, the "Tyler Proud" group is for new schools. They say it's a small piece of the puzzle to improve the success of the district.

"If the students are achieving and they're in the right environment and the teachers are successful, then obviously the discipline issues will pull back," said Randall.

For this group, better schools mean attracting new people to Tyler along with quality educators and administrators.

"I may have a child that's in high school and he may not benefit from a new high school, but the kids coming behind him will," said Dorothy Hubbard, member. 

This group said they will support the school district for years to come.

"I would love to see the high schools, middle schools and elementary schools all be a place where my grandkids can come be educated, maybe even better than my own children," said Leslie Strader, member.

"Tyler Proud" came together about two months ago. Members said they have been working for the betterment of the district, attending numerous school board meetings and events.

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