The Texas Education Agency is ordering the Jonesboro Independent School District to close its doors in July following six consecutive years of substandard financial accountability ratings.

In a letter dated Feb. 3 to the district board of trustees’ president, Keith Taylor, and Superintendent Matt Dossey, TEA Commissioner Michael Williams stated the district was assigned a “not accredited-revoked” status, requiring it to close July 1.

The district was initially assigned a “not accredited-revoked” status for its 2013-2014 school year for substandard financial accountability ratings for five consecutive years, according to the TEA.

The district entered into an agreement with the TEA on April 11 to abate the proceedings until Dec. 31, allowing it an opportunity to demonstrate its ability to address its deficiencies and comply with state law.

According to the TEA, the order of closure may result in annexation of the district.

Williams said in the letter that the TEA is assigning the district a conservator to oversee the financial management and governance of the district, attend board meetings to direct the board as necessary and oversee all close-out activities of the district.

The district has the option, which expires today, to request an informal review of the agency’s decision.

Williams said with the expectations of state law regarding the district’s accreditation status, he’s concerned with the long-term education of students in the district.

“I am compelled to move forward with this process,” he said in the letter.

“It is my sincere desire that the agency, the district and the community work together in a cooperative and productive manner to address the needs of the district’s students.”

Jonesboro ISD has students from northern Coryell and southern Hamilton counties with 178 enrolled students, according to the TEA.

District officials didn’t return calls from the Herald on Monday, and no information about the TEA action was posted on the district’s website.

Contact Natalie Stewart at nstewart@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7555

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