The Texas Education Agency would be making a mistake if it appoints a monitor or conservator for the La Marque Independent School District.
The move wouldn’t help the district now. Such a move might have helped a couple of years ago.
That’s when the school district was going through its reserves en route to insolvency and the school board seemed incapable of grasping the problem, much less addressing it.
The Daily News complained loudly about that problem for years.
The Texas Education Agency could have intervened. It did not.
Then, as the school district bottomed out financially, its leaders finally turned things around.
An interim superintendent came in with a double dose of strong financial medicine. In rough terms, the district’s budget shrank 20 percent in a year.
Even people in business, who frequently deride the financial discipline of those in government, have to salute that for what it was — a series of hard decisions about jobs, employees and spending.
The district emerged leaner and on sounder footing. Today, it is not in great shape, but the trends have been in the right direction. The district is not insolvent. We’d argue that its financial health has improved steadily for almost a year.
The state, after sitting on the sidelines for years, can’t finally decide now that it’s time to intervene without hurting its own credibility.
The La Marque school district has a new permanent superintendent who is engaging the community and rekindling some enthusiasm.
The state shouldn’t douse that fire.
It’s going to take to some time for the district to rebuild its academic reputation. The state should give it time.