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 meeting is not mandatory for district officials to attend, but will be held 11 a.m. in Austin and will last for a maximum of an hour.

The review was granted after Marlin ISD Superintendent Michael Seabolt, who arrived at the district this summer, submitted an eight-page letter detailing the reasons he believes the district continues to fail and his plans to fix the problems.

The letter will be reviewed, but no new documents will be allowed.

Seabolt and board of trustees President Roger Nutt, along with state representatives, plan to attend the meeting.

The Texas Education Agency notified Marlin ISD in September that its accreditation had been pulled and it would be closed in July if it didn’t show significant improvement in its academic standing.

State law mandates any district that fails financial or academic state standards four years in a row must be closed. The Commissioner of Education Michael Williams may reverse a closure after an informal review, if he feels the district is making adequate steps in reversing the academic rigor of its campuses.

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