Marlin school district conservator reports continuing problems

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A conservator assigned to monitor the Marlin school district said in a June report that administrative issues continue to hamstring the turnaround of the district, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported. 

Jean Bahney has been examining the district since February, after Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath revoked Marlin’s accreditation status. The district failed state accountability ratings for test scores for seven consecutive years. Morath also cautioned that Marlin faces closure again – for the fourth straight year – despite state intervention aimed at improving conditions.

Bahney’s June report shows she had to help recruit elementary school teachers due to a lack of district leadership in that area.

“Neither the superintendent nor the assistant superintendent (now acting superintendent) stepped in to ensure that teacher positions were filled,” Bahney wrote in her June report, according to the newspaper. “As of June 26, there are potentially seven teacher positions that are yet unfilled.”

The district’s superintendent, Michael Seabolt, was suspended by the state-imposed board of managers on June 5, replaced temporarily by Remy Godfrey. Bahney noted that neither man assigned an administrator to a new summer program for students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

She also noted that the board of managers had to cancel a planned meeting because Godfrey did not post the agenda appropriately and that board training had to be canceled in June because Godfrey failed to include it on the agenda, the newspaper reported. 

Bahney added that no district improvement plan or campus improvements have been established for the 2019-20 school year. Those are Godfrey’s responsibility, she wrote.

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