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LA MARQUE After two hours of discussion Wednesday, school board members tabled a vote on a plan that would close the La Marque school district s $2.9 million budget deficit, one day before the deadline.

It is the same plan Superintendent Ecomet Burley released last week that would fill a $2.9 million budget deficit by cutting nearly $5 million in expenditures over the next two years through consolidating campuses, laying off staff, summer furloughs and salary freezes.

The Texas Education Agency did not grant the district a second deadline extension for submitting a plan.

A motion to delay a vote on the plan passed 5-2 with board President Annie Burton and Trustees Edna Courville, Shirley Fanuiel, Edward Crawford and Nakisha Paul in favor.

Trustees Davey Jones and Joe Cantu voted against a delay.

If adopted, students from Westlawn, Inter-City and Highlands elementary schools would be combined and moved into the La Marque Middle School building.

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