The Town of Pelican met face to face with the Desoto Parish Superintendent to discuss the closure of Pelican All Saints High School Monday night. Parents were also given the chance to ask questions but didn't receive many answers. Parents listened to Superintendent Cade Brumley explain why their school would close, which often didn't sit well with them. Brumley explained closing the school down would save $2 million, which parents argued could easily be found by cutting the school system's high salaries.
Parents were also told Mansfield schools held better opportunities for their children. However, Brumley says the school's low enrollment keeps it from having the programs and activities other schools in the parish have.
"Because of the low student population at Pelican, it's a school that has gone from 600 students in 1970 to 270 in 2000 to 165 students today," he said. "It's hard to provide the opportunities at that school in the same way that we are providing opportunities at every school."
The school system also claimed it costs $1,303 more than average to educate Pelican students but didn't specify why. Brumley says the school system has also ended plans to build a $10 million career center in the northern part of the parish. The money saved will make up most of the little more than $12 million deficit it has acquired.