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Close the School, Close the Town

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Offline jeffblaylock

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Close the School, Close the Town
« on: February 07, 2011, 05:04:00 PM »


Interesting article on the struggle to maintain an independent school district in Marathon, and the potential impact consolidating it with Alpine ISD could have.

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For the town’s major employers and property holders — like the historic Gage Hotel — a school is vital to keeping families, and therefore customers and employees, living in the town. But Huntington also said their work is motivated by the belief that it is the right thing to do.

Having a school helps maintain property values, too, said Marci Roberts, who owns the local grocery store. Marathon’s economic vibrancy distinguishes the school from those in other rural areas, she said.

“Marathon is pretty thriving. It’s a major tourist town,” Roberts said. “You close the school, and now that’s at risk.”
Jeff Blaylock
Austin, Texas

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Re: Close the School, Close the Town
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2011, 06:04:16 PM »
The full article:

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/public-education/in-west-texas-a-towns-fate-tied-to-its-school/

Interesting how a few big fish with deep pockets in a small pond can make a difference.
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Re: Close the School, Close the Town
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2011, 07:40:42 PM »
Thanks Quatro. I thought I posted that link but obviously I did not.  :eusa_doh:
Jeff Blaylock
Austin, Texas

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Re: Close the School, Close the Town
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2011, 07:11:56 AM »
That would be tough on families to have to bus their kids 30+ miles to Alpine daily for school.  I'm sure folks are used to long travel distances out there, but 60 miles round trip each day for school would be pushing it.  Would make it hard to encourage families with kids to move to Marathon without that school.

Good to see some generous folks step forward to help out.

Darin

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Offline rgibson

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Re: Close the School, Close the Town
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2011, 07:19:11 AM »
b4 Terlingua High School opened in late 90's in portable buildings, the longest bus ride in the nation was Terlingua.  The bus left  for Alpine at 5:45a, with the kids from Lajitas having to leave Lajitas at 5:15 to catch the bus at Terlingua.

High school kids in the park lived with relatives in other areas.  Now, they can live with their parents and attend High School in Terlingua.

 


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