The administrator of the school district, a tiny high school in a remote part of Texas, postponed its graduation ceremony after an end-of-year evaluation found that only five of the school’s 33 seniors had completed the necessary prerequisites to graduate.
“Marlin High School has announced that high school graduation will be rescheduled for June,” the Marlin Independent School District said in a letter posted on Facebook. “The decision by the high school to postpone graduation will provide more time for students to meet necessary requirements for graduation.”
Many students at the school, which is about 25 miles southeast of Waco, “did not meet requirements due to attendance or grades,” the letter stated.
The school district added in the notice that it has “affirmed its commitment to providing necessary resources and support for students.” Last week, Superintendent Darryl Henson required parents of seniors to attend a meeting.
“The state of Texas has guidelines for graduation,” Henson said at the Wednesday meeting. “This is not a dance floor. … It’s not a homecoming pep rally. This is graduation.”
According to Henson, 17 extra students are now qualified for graduation in June after students worked this week to make up missed lessons and assignments.
According to CNN affiliate KWTX, the community decided to have a non-formal graduation ceremony to honor the graduates in a church on Thursday, the day the kids were supposed to graduate. According to KWTX, some family members who traveled from as far away as Mexico for the postponed graduation would not be able to do it again.
98.7% of Marlin High School students are from economically challenged backgrounds, according to the Texas Schools report card for the school. The school has 229 students enrolled for the 2021–2022 academic year.
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880 students are served by the Marlin Independent School District in Marlin, Texas, near the Brazos River.
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