Buckholts ISD to remain open for now

Buckholts ISD will remain open for another year according to Superintendent Nancy Sandlin.

Sandlin said in an online statement that the original agreement with Texas Education Commissioner Michael Morath in January 2017 stated that Buckholts ISD would be given a two-year abatement. Sandlin said the district has completed its first year and made great strides toward meeting standard. 

Sandlin said that Morath has assured Buckholts ISD he will honor the agreement and that they will receive the second year of abatement. The district expects a letter confirming that in the coming days. 

Sandlin said it is now up to Buckholts parents and the community to encourage students to study, make their grades, and take the STAAR and EOC tests seriously.

Last week the Texas Education Agency announced they had revoked the accreditation status of Buckholts Independent School District. Last Friday, the TEA released accreditation statuses for over 1,200 school districts and charter schools across the state and both Marlin and Buckholts were among four districts getting hit with the Not Accredited-Revoked status. Both districts have had five straight years in which they have been rated Improvement Required by the TEA. 

The Not Accredited-Revoked designation means that TEA no longer recognizes the district as a public school due to multiple years of academic deficiency or poor financial performance.