My heartfelt thanks go out to the Texas City Police Department for making all involved in the rally that was held May 25 feel safe and free to proceed as we wished. I could not help but see the waves and thumbs-up signs of many individuals that traveled up and down Ninth Avenue North during the time of our rally, and I so appreciate the genuine courtesy that was extended to each of us by the teenagers and senior citizens who patiently sat and stood along the route as we progressed and concluded the rally. We do have decent, warmhearted and concerned people, who project a caring spirit that can make one feel grateful to have crossed the paths of those individuals; strangers or not.
As I continue to witness the aggressiveness and the hurry to get the process of closing La Marque Independent School District down, to make the district exist no more, I know that this closure represents everything except fair, legal or being done because “it is best for the children.”
Yes. There is something else driving this impending closure and it is not about not meeting academic standard as set forth by the Texas Education Agency, nor is it about not having a sound budget. La Marque ISD met both requirements and was turning around. Can the desire for money be the reason that Texas City ISD is collecting keys, changing locks and hustling our summer school students over to their campus for summer school?
As I anticipate the experience of venturing through still another court of law — the Texas Supreme Court — I reminisce about the confusion involving the takeover of La Marque ISD since Nov. 15, 2015. On that date, The Daily News printed the article “LMISD will cease to exist on July 1.” In that article, DeEtta Culbertson, former spokeswoman with the TEA stated, “Before a decision is made as to which district will annex La Marque ISD, the state education agency will reach out to districts in the area and talk to them about the options. We can ask them to take the district, and they can say, no.”
Yet, on Jan. 3, in the opinion section of The Daily News, “State must move quickly with aide to Texas City ISD,” it was stated that Cynthia Lusignolo told her board that, “We were given no option for this, and we didn’t create it, but we are going to handle it in a quality manner.”
My question is, “why did TCISD not have an option?” It appears that all others had one.
Also, in an article in The Daily News, Dec. 4, 2015: “We’ve been through this before,” the education commissioner was quoted as saying that despite unknowns, one thing is certain, the LMISD annexation will happen. That same article shows the former commissioner and Superintendent of TCISD, Cynthia Lusignolo, answering questions regarding the annexation of LMISD at a time that the board for LMISD was still seated and had not been formally notified of anything. This entire pending closure has been poorly managed.