You’d think a lot of folks would have showed up at the first public meeting after the La Marque Independent School District learned its accreditation had been put on probation.
Actually, only a handful did.
It’s going to take more involvement from the community to get the district back on its feet. It’s going to take more citizens — and more who are better informed about the district’s problems — to support Superintendent Terri Watkins’ efforts to rebuild.
The very best citizens are those who are engaged in their communities, who think about the challenges we collectively face and who try to come up with good ideas for facing them.
What could ordinary citizens do to help?
First, people could encourage the district to continue to do what it is, in fact, doing — that’s focusing on academics. The district has new teacher training programs and a new after-school program. It has increased oversight in lesson planning.
Second, people who have business experience could get involved, attend meetings and see whether their experience might be helpful. People who make good school board members often spend a year or two attending meetings, just learning the ropes.
Third, people could offer the district support — even if it’s just moral support. At the hardest points in a struggle, it helps to hear some cheering.