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November 26, 2014

Watkins to update district’s status today

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:15 am

LA MARQUE — The La Marque school district superintendent will give another public update on the state of the school district and its probation status at a trustee meeting today. 

The school district was assigned a conservator to watch over operations in February after the state put the district on a probationary status for failing to meet academic or financial standards for three consecutive years. 

Last month Superintendent Terri Watkins, who has been on the job just six months, said she is asking for the state for more time to deal with the financial, enrollment and academic challenges facing the district.

The Texas Education Agency appointed Carlos Price, a former La Marque assistant superintendent, as conservator to the district. Price will be in on every decision made by the district,  and he can override decisions made by Watkins or the board if he feels they are not in the best interest of the district, according to the state education agency. 

Price’s appointment was announced in March, but so far he has not received any direction from the state. 

State officials said Wednesday that Price had not yet been given his instructions and was reviewing the district’s record before he would start his job as a conservator. 

“He’ll be introduced after the record review is completed,” said DeEtta Culbertson, a spokeswoman with the state’s education agency. 

A district that’s had their accreditation lowered can request a record review, she said. 

The education agency staff is reviewing the education commissioner’s recommendation lowering the district’s status, she said. 

At a glance

 WHAT: La Marque school district board of trustee meeting.

WHEN: 7 p.m. today.

WHERE: Board Room located at 1727 Bayou Road in La Marque.