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Area schools could face changes come fall

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Several  community groups, ranging from teachers to the NAACP tried to rally support for proposals to sidestep a possible state takeover of five Caddo schools.

 

Now, a  proposal by the Caddo School Board and Recovery School District tries to help to  those failing schools.

The proposed plan with Caddo and State Education officials would offer more on-site help for each campus, such as education management organization. That would  not only save Fair Park High School, but also Woodlawn High School,  as well as Midway and Atkins Elementary schools. 

Instead of campus makeovers, the plan focuses on staffing quality. Stipulations in the 8-page draft include removing staff at the end of the year.

 "All from the principal down to the custodian will go and then they are going to and I like what he said ...The super. Will select the principal and the principal will have the chance to interview for teachers," said Caddo Parish School Board member Dottie Bell.

The NAACP held 2 public hearings and offered up recommendations.  President Lloyd Thompson believes his group was heard, saying  "It's a proud moment for the NAACP to have its ideas incorporated," said Thompson.

Supporters of the plan say it is as much about transforming the district's approach to struggling schools as it is about keeping the schools under Caddo control.


"I think if they will let teachers teach, let educators do what they need to do, we could handle it," said Bell.

 

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