MARLIN (August 6, 2013)--Parents have pulled more than 50 students out of Marlin’s troubled schools and many are transferring their children to schools in the neighboring Groesbeck ISD.
Texas schools weren’t assigned performance ratings last year, but the year before, the Marlin ISD and its elementary, middle and high schools were rated unacceptable and were placed under on-site state monitoring.
Parent Sherry Lehrman contacted Groesbeck Superintendent Dr Harold Ramm for permission to transfer her daughter to his district and Ramm agreed to send a bus to Marlin, if Lehrmann could find twelve or more other students to transfer as well.
So far, 25 students have signed up to transfer to Groesbeck schools and the nearby Rosebud-Lott ISD says it will send a bus to Marlin to pick up transfer students as well.
Parent Wayne McClain says he just wants his daughter to be safe and to excel in the classroom.
The loss of the students could mean a loss of state revenue for the Marlin ISD, but Groesbeck and Rosebud Lott stand to gain.
“The thing we want to make sure is we want good attendance from those students and we want them to behave themselves, but with the attitude of these parents I can tell you that they want to make sure that their children receive a great education,” Ramm said.