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Judge upholds closure of Pelican All Saints High School

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Mansfield High School may be bursting at the seams this school year.

A ruling by a federal judge today upheld the closure of Pelican All Saints High School, as well as the district re-zoning that will move students out of North Desoto South to Mansfield.

Two groups of parents from Desoto Parish attended a special hearing in Shreveport today.

One group came to provide testimony at the U.S. District Court in the closing of their community school.

"We're hoping that he hears us to see that there's no reason to close Pelican everything that has been presented has been made up," says Steavy Clark, Desoto Parish School Board member.

Recently, the Desoto Parish School District shut down Pelican All Saints High School because of budget cuts..

The district is suffering with a $12.6 million deficit.

Today's hearing was an opportunity for the court to hear testimony on why the district may have violated policy, or a 2011 consent decree in the closing of the school.

That closing will send the students to Mansfield High School.

Parents from the Ranchland Acres subdivision are also fighting to keep their kids close to home.

"But also to plead with the judge about our situation and to let him know we are so close it only makes sense to allow us to continue to attend North Desoto," says resident Angel Pattison.

They're also upset that the re-zoning rules that will send their kids to mansfield as well.

"Change like this can be very hard on kids, not to mention Mansfield is a poorly performing school it is very much out of our way," Pattison says.

But after it was all said and done, the judge didn't change the rulings in these cases, which wasn't a shock to the parents.

"Little disappointed, cause the judge ruled against us, we kinda half way expected it we're going to get back with the group, we're going to sit down about what our next move is," Clark says.

With three rulings, U.S. District Judge Maurice Hicks ruled in favor of the district's decision to close Pelican.

Starting this school year the re-zoning of the Ranchland Acres students to Mansfield will only affect those students that are kindergarten through 8th grade.

Judge Hicks is expected to give his decision on the district's construction plans at North Desoto High School at the end of August.

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