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State revokes La Marque ISD accreditation

February 6, 2015

By Christopher Smith Gonzalez

The Texas Education Agency informed the La Marque school district earlier this week that it is revoking the district's accreditation.

The school district can appeal the decision but if upheld the district will close by July.

The school board trustees and superintendent will stay in place but the education agency will be assigning a conservator to oversee the district, said DeEtta Culbertson, a spokeswoman for the education agency.

La Marque school district Superintendent Terri Watkins said a community meeting is planned for Sunday at 2 p.m. at the High School, 300 Vauthier Street, to inform the public about the state's decision.

Watkins said she didn't have all the answers yet of what would happen next but said the district would keep moving forward.

She said the school district was making positive strides, particularly in improving its financial situation.

But Culbertson said the state agency decided to revoke the district's accreditation because of academically unacceptable ratings for three years in a row and for poor financial accountability ratings.