Marlin Independent School District

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"New" high school, about 1905
Marlin ISD office complex

Marlin Independent School District is a public school district based in Marlin, Texas (USA). The district serves students in eastern Falls County.

In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[1] In 2010, the high school, middle school, and learning center were all rated academically acceptable as well.[2]

In 2015 the district had about 900 students.[3]


Michael Seabolt became the superintendent in 2015.[4]

Marlin ISD received an "academically unacceptable" rating from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in 2011. In 2013 and 2014 the TEA gave it "improvement required".[5] In September 2015 the TEA sent a letter stating that it planned to revoke the accreditation as of July 1, 2016, which would lead to the closure of the district.[6] Stephanie Butts of the Waco Tribune-Herald wrote that the announcement caught Marlin ISD officials "off guard".[3]

In response, Marlin ISD filed a request for an informal review of the closure.[5] The announcement resulted in a meeting being held by the Saved Our Schools volunteer organization.[7] In November 2015 the TEA gave a temporary reprieve requiring academic improvement.[8]

In August 2016 the district received another poor rating from the TEA,[9] but instead of closing the district the TEA moved to take over its operations.[10]


  • Marlin High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Marlin Junior Academy (Grades 6-8) - Middle school
  • Marlin Primary Academy (Grades PK-5) - Elementary school

The elementary and middle school campuses were previously Marlin Elementary School and Marlin Middle School, but in 2015 the names were changed due to a rule from the TEA.[11]


  1. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2015-10-25.
  2. ^ Falls County schools fair [sic] well with TAKs results[permanent dead link]."" Marlin Democrat. August 4, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Butts, Stephanie."State could close Marlin ISD in July." Waco Tribune-Herald. Thursday October 1, 2015. Retrieved on January 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "New supt-to-be ready to go"[dead link]. The Marlin Democrat. May 27, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Durden, Taylor. "Marlin ISD Schools could be closed by state" ( Archived 2015-10-03 at the Wayback Machine). KXXV. October 1, 2015. Retrieved on January 18, 2016.
  6. ^ "Marlin: State Education Commissioner Orders ISD To Close Archived 2015-10-07 at the Wayback Machine." KWTX. October 2, 2015. Retrieved on January 18, 2016.
  7. ^ Escobar, Estephany. "Marlin residents discuss potential district closure" ( Archived 2015-10-09 at the Wayback Machine). KXXV. October 8, 2015. Retrieved on January 18, 2016.
  8. ^ Carroll, John. "Marlin ISD Wins Reprieve, But Death Sentence Still Looms" ( Archived 2015-11-16 at the Wayback Machine). KWTX. November 13, 2015. Retrieved on January 18, 2016. Available at Archived 2016-01-28 at the Wayback Machine Texans for Educational Reform
  9. ^ Conlon, Shelly (2016-08-15). "Marlin ISD faces possible closure after 5th consecutive unsatisfactory state rating". Waco Tribune. Retrieved 2017-01-11.
  10. ^ Conlon, Shelly (2016-09-27). "State to take over operations of Marlin ISD". Waco Tribune. Retrieved 2017-01-11.
  11. ^ Escobar, Estephany. "Marlin ISD campuses to change names, as part of TEA requirement" ( Archived 2015-08-11 at the Wayback Machine). KXXV. July 28, 2015. Retrieved on January 18, 2016.

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