Marlin: New superintendent making changes
The Marlin Independent School District's new superintendent, Dr. Darryl Henson, started just a few weeks ago, but he’s already making a number of changes.
"Here in Marlin ISD we have to remain laser focused on our approach and how we are going to accomplish student achievement," says Henson whose previously worked at school districts in the Austin, Houston, Dallas, and the El Paso area, serving as a teacher, coach, and principal.
"Being across Texas I have had the opportunity to meet lots of people and learn a variety of skills," he said, skills he’s hoping to put to work in the Marlin ISD.
Since 2011 the district has failed to meet TEA accountability standards each year, longer than any other school district in Texas.
"The schools are the lifeline for the community... we need our students to succeed," says Henson.
Since Henson started, the district has filled several administrative positions, hiring two new principals, a new athletic director, and a director of student services.
As the start of the new school year approaches, Henson is hoping he can earn the trust of parents in the district.
"Give us the opportunity to take care of your child, we will educate them we will love them and we will ensure they have what they need to be successful," he says.
Last week Henson also provided a statement regarding the recent protests surrounding the issues of racism and George Floyd's death.
In a letter posted to Facebook Floyd says, "After much reflection, I have an obligation to release a statement on the death of George Floyd."
“The senseless death of George Floyd hits close to home for all Texans...we share in the tremendous pain our community and nation is feeling."
"Marlin ISD is a diverse community. Our community's diversity and our acceptance of differing viewpoints are among our greatest strengths. However, at this pivotal time, it is not enough for us to rest on diversity alone... Our mission as a school district and our responsibility as human beings compel us to take a stand. To our students’ families and Marlinites who are horrified and in serious distress: we stand with you," Henson said.