Members of the new state- appointed board of managers for Marlin Independent School District said they’re ready to be the driving force that helps the district get back in line with state standards after it failed academic accountability ratings in the past five years.

Marlin ISD has appealed the 2016 state academic accountability ratings it failed, saying this year’s state tests didn’t meet legal requirements; the district made significant progress despite its failure; and a former Texas Education Agency monitor misled district officials about state accou…

The Texas education commissioner will replace the Marlin Independent School District board of trustees with a state-appointed board of managers and promote the district’s Texas Education Agency monitor to a conservator who will advise trustees, according to a letter from Education Commission…

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In an effort to stave off closure by the state, Marlin Independent School District officials say they will file an appeal against the district’s standardized testing accountability ratings and join a Travis County lawsuit looking to declare that the 2016 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness for third through eighth grade did not comply with time completion standards.

Marlin Independent School District Superintendent Michael Seabolt estimates there is a 75 percent chance his district will remain open. School officials have reviewed results of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, but statewide academic accountability standards that could determine the district’s fate have not yet been set.

Marlin school officials are trying to lure teachers to the district next school year by increasing salaries for the second time this year, bringing them higher than other districts in the area.

The Texas Education Agency offered the Marlin Independent School District an abatement agreement to keep its three campuses open through the 2016-17 school year if the administration agrees to meet certain undisclosed requirements.

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams visited Marlin Primary Academy and Marlin High School on Thursday, in a continuation of an informal review last week in Austin. District officials are trying to show they are taking adequate steps to improve the district’s failing academic performance.

Marlin Independent School District Superintendent Michael Seabolt said during Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting that he thinks Commissioner Michael Williams will decide before the end of 2015 whether the district should stay open.

Marlin Independent School District officials will be given the opportunity on Oct. 22 to convince state officials to reinstate its accreditation and stop the closure of the district after failing four consecutive years of state accountability ratings.

The finger-pointing continues in Marlin as the community and district officials grapple with how to convince state officials to allow Marlin Independent School District to stay open after failing four consecutive years of state accountability ratings.

Marlin residents used the Save Our Schools community meeting Wednesday night to voice complaints about the newly hired superintendent, local media and state testing requirements in a session designed to build support for the local school district.