- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A much-troubled Southeast Texas school district will disband at the end of the school year.

In a letter Thursday, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams advised La Marque Independent School District administrators and its board of trustees that the Texas Education Agency is shutting it down effective July 1 and assigning a conservator.

The letter didn’t reveal what district will absorb the 2,300-student La Marque district.

In February, the TEA revoked the district’s accreditation, citing unacceptable academic ratings and poor finances. In September, Williams said he’d replace the La Marque school board with a board of managers. Last month, Superintendent Terri Watkins announced she’d resign Dec. 18.

The bay-front district is bounded on the mainland by the Texas City, Dickinson and Hitchcock districts. The Galveston school district lies across West Bay.

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