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Marlin High School seniors say everyone needs to come together after accreditation loss

Posted at 5:46 AM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 06:48:15-05

MARLIN, TX — Last week, Marlin ISD parents received a letter stating that the district has officially lost its accreditation with the state. Parents and students wait in limbo to see what's next.

"It's not okay to tell kids that you worked hard but it doesn't count,” said senior Z’Quaelus Haynes.

It’s the last thing any senior wants to hear, especially with graduation on the horizon.

"She was basically saying that the seniors would not graduate because they did not have the accreditation,” said senior Deonta Mims.

After the letter was sent out, there were many questions about how it affected seniors.

"We have put in a lot of the strategies that strong schools do, and we have an interim superintendent with a background on school improvement,” said the superintendent.

Students say they have heard it all before.

"I talked with my principal about it, and they said that this has been going on for 5 year and that I had nothing to worry about and that I was still going to get my diploma,” said Mims.

Deonta Mims and Z'quaelus Haynes are seniors at the top of their class. Both have already been accepted into the college of their choice.

Despite them being in the clear, they're still worried it's going to cost their underclassmen a lot more.

“Yes I was happy, but what about the rest? The juniors worked hard, the sophomores and freshmen - so what is going to happen to them,” Haynes said.

Marlin ISD has been struggling with their STAAR test results, but these seniors say the school district is not the only problem.

"It’s not the teacher, it’s not the administrator, it’s the students and parents. We need them to come together and boost the school,” said Mims.

Both of them hope their community takes action before the school is officially closed for good.

"That’s all we need, motivation, without motivation a person's dream is dead, " said Mims.

Monday night, 25 news talked with the Interim Superintendent who say that the school will be open until the end of the year.

City Council also started a plan to change the school to a charter school if the TEA decide to shut down the school.