LA MARQUE — The school district is moving ahead with plans to form a committee geared toward bringing families and students back to La Marque schools.
Board trustees will meet tonight to discuss developing the Calling All Cougars committee with Superintendent Terri Watkins.
Falling enrollment at La Marque schools has plagued the district for several years and has a large effect on state funding.
Watkins said she would ask each trustee to appoint three La Marque community members to the committee.
Each campus and department in the district will also be invited to nominate a representative to serve on the committee.
Additional applications will be available in the superintendent’s office.
Watkins said she is looking for a large cross-section of community members who would be committed to developing ideas and acting out a recruitment strategy.
La Marque alumni and others have offered to volunteer, Watkins said.
“The function of this committee will be to find out how we bring families back into the district,” Watkins said. “It will be big for economic development and benefit the entire community.”
The committee will work to develop a “living, breathing document” that addresses different methods to boost enrollment.
“We’ll have subcommittees who will work on various things,” she said. “Some might work on programs for children. We’ll look at ways to collaborate with the city, others could work on programs for teachers.”
The committee could undertake task such as cleaning up yards and vacant lots in the district, as well as looking into new educational programs to entice fresh students, Watkins said.
The board is set to approve several significant donations to the district tonight, including a $20,000 donation from Marathon Oil and $7,500 from BP toward the district’s STEM program.
“That funding will allow schools to do some things they wouldn’t have been able to afford to,” Watkins said.
The district is also planning a master-teacher workshop next week to help train new La Marque teachers.
At a glance
WHAT: La Marque school board meeting
WHEN: 7 p.m. today
WHERE: La Marque ISD administration building, 1727 Bayou Rd.