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.


Contact reporter Alex Macon at 409-683-5244 or


(7) comments

Walter Manuel

ROFL! [yawn]

Same old song different verse.....

George Croix

Recruitment strategy:
Improve the learning and reduce the discipline problems in LMISD, and become at least a recognized category district.
There ya go.
No charge...
Now, if you mean 'recruitment' in the vein of the old English navy 'recruiters' who got people to join the navy by use of a club in an alley...well, that might work, too...

Mike Meador

And I thought Obama's Affordable Health Care was a sham and a fraud, this "new committee" in LMISD falls into the same category.
The article in the paper said the district is planning a "master-teacher worksheet next week to train new LaMarque teachers." Wouldn't the district already have contracted teachers who could already teach? Half-a-year has already gone by....I guess the students lost out during the first semester.

I guess clearing vacant lots would bring 'new students and new families' back to the district. Pleeeeeeeeze! The junk lots and vacant houses are the least of this district's problems.

".....look at new educational program to 'entice fresh students." Could somebody explain to me what a fresh student is? I guess it's one of those within the living, breathing document presented to the trustees. Only these trustees could read into what a fresh student is. Maybe the students they have now are 'stale' students, much like the entire school district is.

Mike Meador

Sorry.....should have said "master-teacher workshop.....:" although a worksheet is probably what this workshop would produce.[beam]

Jim Forsythe

If I had a child school age would I send them to a school that is recruiting students. I would stay away from that school district because it sounds like desperation. What would be the selling points for LaMarque that would make me want to send my kids to LaMarque. I haven’t seen any yet .

Walter Manuel

I agree with all of the previous posts!

It's a little late in the game to want to try and start "teaching the teacher" now that half of the school year is over and these children will not be prepared for the STAAR exam or the End of Course exam. One more "improvement required" for the school district will certainly seal the deal on LMISD, so there's really no need to try and bring students back any time soon.

This looks like yet another hidden opportunity to spend the budget on friends going out into the community trying to bring students back while being compensated thousands of dollars for only getting 2-3 students. It happened last Summer and probably will happen again.

I also wouldn't count on too many people from the community getting involved because they already know this is all for none and a huge waste of everyone's time!

LMISD is definitely surviving on it's last dying breath....


Improve what you have before calling the sheep home. You know LMISD kids are being educated better your previous district. You must be staying in contact with former principals and teachers who also strayed away. Maybe they are waiting to come home? Give them something to come home to! You are educated and have traveled the county school districts. You have to use you own brains this time. No one to rely on this go around. Whatever happens your stepping stone did get golder and your pay did rise. [beam]

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