(FOX NEWS) — PERMONT, Texas – Eliminating high school athletics during a school year is unusual, especially in a sports-loving state such as Texas.

But that’s exactly what’s happening in this small ranching community where the school district is taking desperate measures to prevent a state-mandated closure due to poor academics. The Premont Independent School District is even deploying its superintendent, a constable and high school principal to the homes of truant students in an effort to improve dismal attendance.

The actions announced this week are not only part of a last-ditch effort to save the school district, but perhaps the entire community — which some parents already plan to leave because of the uncertainty surrounding the schools’ future.

“The school shuts down in this town, the town dies,” said Frank Davila, a Jim Wells County constable who also works as the school security officer and grew up here. “This is all we have.”

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