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Failing schools fail to ignite public interest in makeover

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CADDO PARISH, La. -

The clock is clicking and change is imminent for the Caddo Parish School Board. The board has now held two meetings; one with the public and one with community leaders to discuss ideas to prevent a state takeover of five schools.

The following schools are being discussed:

Fair Park High School

Woodlawn High School

Atkins Elementary

Newton Smith 6th Grade Academy

Midway Professional Development Center

Tuesday's meeting at Huntington High was meant to be a forum to present  ideas on how to save the schools.

While new ideas like reconfiguring the feeder schools into Woodlawn were suggested, most of the ideas were all things district officials have already heard  and most of those who attended the meeting  were school employees.

"I think to some degree the public has checked out on this situation," said Scott Hughes with Alliance for Education who also feels the public is tired of hearing about these schools.  

Hughes feels the backlash of whatever plan the school board creates will come after the deal is sealed and that a plan may have already been drafted.

School officials tell KTBS they are not ready to release any details on what a potential plan will entail and if it will call for the closing of two high schools. Hughes believes a remarkable program will have to be added to those high schools to save them.

The district has been given a December deadline to present a plan to the BESE board.

 

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