Please, let us begin now to put what has happened to the La Marque Independent School District in the correct perspective. The article “TCISD tackles annex issues” (The Daily News, Feb. 4), absolutely made me ill. The conspiracy among the money seekers and leaders of our communities, to assist with the destruction of our school district, began, in earnest, in a meeting that was reported on in this same newspaper on Sept. 8, 2013. (“Master-planned project owner: LMISD is to blame for stalled TC development”). The actual meetings to annex our district began in 2006.
The meeting was composed of several powerful officials that included Superintendent Cynthia Lusignolo, chamber of commerce members and Craig Mallery, a principal partner with Texas Gulf Coast Holdings. Mallery was quoted as stating, “There’s no question that being in La Marque ISD has stalled and hurt our development.” He was speaking specifically of the land north of 25th Avenue North near Bayou Golf Course in Texas City. The family’s plan is to turn its 1,400 acres into a master-planned community. However, as long as the tax dollars on the land was in the La Marque ISD, it would never happen.
Of interest, and I am quoting, and have proof, that in the Spring of 2007, the Texas City school board broached the subject of moving the land into the district of TCISD again. Lusignolo confirmed the action in a Feb. 8 memo to her school board members. In her memo, Lusignolo stated that the, “Developer is only interested in moving forward with the subdivision if the homes can be zoned to TCISD.”
Further, school trustees of TCISD met in closed sessions four times between Feb. 12 and April 9 to consult with districts’ attorney about the possibility of annexing the land in question. None of the agendas for those meetings noted what the board was discussing behind closed doors.
We now know that with the assistance of members of some of The Daily News staff, the chamber of commerce, the silence of our county and city officials, and the Texas Education Agency’s determination to not support our effort to continue the accomplishments that we had begun under the leadership of Superintendent Terri Watkins, success for the LMISD team felt like the struggle that physicians experience when trying to save a dying person without proper apparatuses. We witnessed a state that was determined to close another marginalized school district, with proof that is based on anything except honesty.
Lusignolo has stated often that TCISD did not have a choice but to annex LMISD. That statement is very misleading and is a tactic that is used to deceive a community. With the support of people who have assisted in our misfortune, Lusignolo is requesting the State of Texas to save her district from us by giving TCISD money. The Daily News editors have joined in the chorus. I will always know that LMISD is facing closure because of land use and tax dollars.