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Recovery School District Deputy Superintendent speaks on future of Caddo

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The clock is ticking for five Caddo schools facing the possibility of a state takeover at the end of the year. Caddo officials are in partnership with the state's Recovery School District to find solutions.

 


The new guy who is head of the RSD in collaboration with Caddo Schools is DeLano Ford.  
Ford is working with Caddo District leaders to get a plan ready for state approval that he says could allow the district to retain control of five failing schools eligible for state takeover.

Those schools are Atkins and Newton Smith Elementary schools, Midway Middle School and two high schools; Fair Park and Woodlawn. One of the decisions he wished the district had waited to make was presenting its own makeover plan that, among other things closed the failing elementary schools. Fair Park and Woodlawn, 
would remain high schools. The district even wants to reclaim one of the campuses it has already lost to the state, converting the former Linear Middle school to a K-6th campus.
 
Ironically, Ford is catching heat from district parents and one State Representative, Barbara Norton, for a plan he did not help draft. "It's a black school that's turned into a recovery school. When are we going to stop picking on the black community," said Norton.

But Ford said his job is not to take control from Caddo but to make sure every campus is academically sound.

Ford says there are a variety of solutions that exist none of which, at the time consists of the closure of schools. "We are not interested in being disruptive to schools,  students and communities. We want to work with the great things that are happening in Caddo and really accelerate that work," said Ford.

He says a district with high numbers of students whose families are below the poverty line can perform at "A" or "B"  levels.

A delegation from Caddo recently toured districts in the New Orleans area for models that work in such districts.
"I'll say this, there is nothing brand new happening in classrooms in New Orleans that's different from any other place in the state.  What you'll see is an environment where principals have the ability to make decisions based on what they think is best for students in the building, who all believe that every single student can learn," said Ford.

 

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