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Leah Wayne

Marlin, TX – Marlin Independent School District proudly announces its acceptance into newly designated Rural Pathway Excellence Partnerships (R-PEPs) facilitated by the Texas Education Agency. This partnership represents a significant achievement for Marlin ISD and is one of the first three collaboratives in the state.

This initiative, under the R-PEP framework, is part of the broader Texas strategy to enhance educational and career opportunities in rural areas. Through this collaboration, Marlin ISD will receive the R-PEP allotment and become eligible for outcomes bonuses as outlined in Texas’s HB2209, aimed at expanding high-quality post-secondary pathways for rural students.

Dr. Darryl Henson, Superintendent of Marlin ISD, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration: "This is a monumental step for our district and our community. The R-PEP program allows us to significantly enhance the educational offerings to our students By joining forces with other entities, we can overcome the limitations often faced by rural schools and provide our students with the tools they need to succeed in today’s competitive environment."

As part of the Falls County Rural Collaborative, Marlin ISD aims to leverage shared resources to offer a wider array of academic and career pathways, addressing historical challenges such as lower college attainment and limited access to lucrative careers in rural settings. "Our inclusion in this initiative not only boosts our capacity to support our students but also strengthens the entire educational infrastructure of rural Texas," added Dr. Henson.

Leading up to the 2024-2025 school year, Marlin ISD will share detailed profiles of the pathways and partnerships developed through the R-PEP program, highlighting the tailored opportunities now available to its students.

Marlin Communications

Marlin, TX – The Marlin Independent School District (Marlin ISD) has been officially accepted into the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) program, a notable initiative by the Texas Education Agency aimed at fostering excellence in education through financial incentives. The program is designed to reward teachers who demonstrate exceptional effectiveness in promoting student achievement, as part of the state’s broader strategy to achieve long-term, systemic improvements in education.

The TIA program seeks to recognize and remunerate educators who go above and beyond in their commitment to student achievement and their professional practice. With this acceptance, Marlin ISD can further its mission of attracting and retaining top-tier teaching talent, crucial for elevating student learning and outcomes across the district.

“Being part of the Teacher Incentive Allotment is not just a win for our teachers but a significant gain for our students and the entire Marlin community,” said Dr. Darryl Henson, Superintendent of Marlin ISD. “This program will enable us to continue to support our educators in a manner that reflects their invaluable contributions to our schools.”

Marlin ISD’s acceptance into the TIA program reflects its ongoing dedication to educational excellence and its commitment to investing in the professionals who make a daily impact on our youth. This program not only incentivizes high performance but also ensures that our most effective educators are recognized and rewarded for their efforts.

“Our teachers have always been at the heart of our educational mission,” added Henson. “With the support of the allotment, we can provide them with the resources they need to continue their professional growth and maintain Marlin ISD as a leader in educational innovation and success.”

Leah Wayne

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has formally initiated the process to transition governance of the Marlin Independent School District from the state-appointed Board of Managers back to its locally elected Board of Trustees. This significant move marks the beginning of a return to local control, starting with the reintegration of two elected trustees, Billy Johnson and Rosalyn Dimerson, into the district's governance as part of the current Board of Managers. This strategic blend of the Board of Managers with elected Trustees signifies a pivotal shift towards restoring full local governance, creating a new five-member governing board.

Marlin, TX — The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has formally initiated the process to transition governance of the Marlin Independent School District from the state-appointed Board of Managers back to its locally elected Board of Trustees. This significant move marks the beginning of a return to local control, starting with the reintegration of two elected trustees, Billy Johnson and Rosalyn Dimerson, into the district's governance as part of the current Board of Managers. This strategic blend of the Board of Managers with elected Trustees signifies a pivotal shift towards restoring full local governance, creating a new five-member governing board.

In a letter to Marlin ISD Superintendent Dr. Darryl Henson, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced the selection of Johnson and Dimerson as the initial trustees to make this transition. Their addition to the Board of Managers underscores the collaborative efforts between the state and local entities to enhance the district's governance and academic performance.

“This transition signifies an important milestone for Marlin ISD,” Commissioner Morath said. “Through diligent oversight and the collaboration between the Board of Managers and Superintendent Henson, MISD has made substantial improvements in both academics and governance. I am confident the governing body of Marlin ISD will continue to propel the district forward and allow for a successful resumption of duties for the elected trustees.”

Further developments include Commissioner Morath's appointment of Marsha Ridlehuber to fill the vacancy on the Board of Managers left by Billy Johnson, who had vacated his seat following his election as a trustee. Ridlehuber, a seasoned educator with extensive experience in district administration at Marlin ISD and previous service on the MISD Board of Managers, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her new role.

"As we embrace this pivotal transition in governance, our focus remains steadfast on sustaining the academic excellence and operational integrity that have defined Marlin ISD's recent achievements,” Henson said. “The integration of our elected trustees with the Board of Managers symbolizes not only a return to local governance but also the unity and collaborative spirit that propels us forward. We are grateful for the guidance of the Texas Education Agency and remain committed to building on our successes for the benefit of every student in our district.”

This governance transition marks a significant milestone following years of dedicated effort to overcome challenges, a journey that began with state intervention in January 2017, led by Commissioner Morath in response to Marlin ISD's history of academic underperformance. The subsequent extension of the Board of Managers' oversight and the adjusted transition timeline, necessitated by the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, set the stage for a transformative era under the leadership of Dr. Henson. Hired after the initiation of the Board of Managers process, Henson's visionary leadership has been instrumental in catalyzing the district's remarkable turnaround.

Under Henson's stewardship, Marlin ISD has experienced unprecedented progress, culminating in an Overall B (86) in the 2022 state accountability ratings and the restoration of its Accreditation status, the highest accountability gains in the state of Texas that year. These achievements underscore the district's resilience and the effectiveness of its leadership amidst the challenges of state oversight. Henson's approach, characterized by strategic initiatives and a focus on academic excellence, has not only addressed the issues that initially led to state intervention but also set a new standard for educational leadership and community engagement within the district.

The transition process is carefully structured and mandated by state statutes, with Commissioner Morath overseeing the phased reintegration of elected trustees. This process will continue until the Board of Managers' term expires on January 31, 2026, at which point the district's governance will be fully restored to the elected Board of Trustees

Leah Wayne

Marlin, TX — The Marlin ISD Board of Managers approved a Four-Day Week Calendar at their regular board meeting yesterday.

The district is utilizing a "Strong Start, Strong Finish" framework for the calendar, where students will attend school every Friday in the months of August, January, and May. Students will also attend school on the first Friday of each month.

Many school districts across the country are transitioning to the innovative calendar for its array of benefits including operational cost savings and improved academic performance. For rural school districts, districts can more readily recruit and retain high-quality teachers and offset longer commute times. Currently, Marlin ISD is the only school district in the region to offer a "Commuter Incentive," with up to $1,500 for eligible teachers who commute.

"The adoption of a Four-Day Week Calendar is a significant step towards providing students with a well-rounded educational experience, while also meeting the needs of teachers and staff," Superintendent Dr. Darryl Henson said. "We are excited to see the positive impact this change will have on the community of Marlin."

The Board of Managers' decision is expected to have a far-reaching impact on students, staff, and the community. By adopting the approach, the district aims to continue to foster a culture of academic excellence, streamline operations, and enhance overall efficiency.

 

Marlin Communications

AUSTIN, TEXAS (February 27, 2023) – For the second year in a row, Marlin ISD was the smallest school district to earn recognition from the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) at their annual Star Awards Celebration, held February 22, 2023. Marlin was recognized for their outstanding work in education communications with 24 Star awards including Gold Star, Silver Star, Bronze Star and Best of Category awards.

Each year, TSPRA recognizes communicators in school districts, education foundations, education associations and organizations for their work in print and electronic media categories. There are 47 main categories covering various media such as newsletters, programs, posters, reports, writing, image/identity packages, photography, graphics, video, electronic presentations, campaigns, events and web sites.

This year, a record setting 1,692 entries were received. For the first 47 categories, the entries are divided into three divisions based on the number of students the district, foundation or organizations serves - under 15,000 students; 15,000 to  40,000 students; and over 40,000 students. Independent judges evaluate and score each entry based on its own merit. Bronze, Silver and Gold Stars are awarded based on set criteria. Finally, the judges review their highest scoring Gold Star winners and select a Best of Category for each division in each of the 47 categories.

The Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) is a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to promoting public schools through effective communications. TSPRA, an award-winning chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), was chartered in 1962 and incorporated in 1977. With more than 1,150 members, TSPRA is comprised primarily of public information and communications professionals who serve the public school districts and education organizations of Texas. The membership also includes superintendents, administrators, principals, web/technology/ electronic media and graphic professionals, education foundation executive directors and their boards, association executive directors, school consultants, vendors and others who support public education in the state. TSPRA provides professional development, resources and networking opportunities for members and others in the education community.