MARY MEAUX – James Marshall Green Sr. of Port Arthur is remembered for his service to the city and school district – Port Arthur News

MARY MEAUX – James Marshall Green Sr. of Port Arthur is remembered for his service to the city and school district

Posted at 12:38 a.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2022

I don’t think I had the chance to meet James Marshall Green Sr. when I was first hired as a reporter at Port Arthur Newsbut when I saw his recent obituary, my memory was refreshed.

And even if I didn’t know him, I knew him.

I knew he was a former trustee of the Port Arthur Independent School District and a community activist.

After some research, I realized he was part of a group of people opposed to the sale of the old Woodrow Wilson Middle School decades ago. At the time, trustees rejected an offer from Lamar State College Port Arthur to purchase the building for $3.1 million. At that time, the school needed at least $9 million in immediate repairs as well as other necessary improvements.

I’m going to skip the back and forth of “to sell or not to sell” which, according to the records, is quite controversial at times.

In hindsight, the decision not to sell would benefit the district and the students years later.

Green died earlier this month at the age of 83. A native of Louisiana, Green has resided his entire life in Port Arthur and graduated in 1957 from Lincoln High School.

Green worked for Dupont-Beaumont Works for over 35 years when he retired. And he was a board member of PAISD for almost 15 years.

But I wonder if Green foresaw what would happen to the historic building later? Maybe.

A multi-million bond proposal was approved by voters in 2007, paving the way for work on the Wilson Building. The initial idea was to create a kindergarten to college program designed to link academics with training in visual/performing arts and technology.

Fast forward a bit and in 2014 talks were held between PAISD and LSCPA to create a collegiate high school where PAISD students can work on their high school diploma while earning an associate degree.

It’s been a pretty good start to a career, and I wonder what he thought of how it all turned out and the bright future for people who leave school with a good start in their career.

I would be remiss if I did not mention that Green was on the Port Arthur All American City Committee in the 1970s.

Port Arthur obtained this designation in 1973.

Green was buried on September 17. He and his wife Valérie had four children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mary Meaux is a reporter for the Port Arthur News. She can be reached at [email protected]

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