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Caddo votes to transform under performing schools


Caddo's School board signs off on a plan with the Recovery School District that it says will save five failing schools for two years.

As part of the collaborative agreement,  board members authorized the closure of Newton Smith Sixth grade center, and Linear Leadership Academy with a 10 to 2 vote Tuesday. 

The school has been under the state's control for four years.  Both of them are located in board member Jasmine Greens's district.

"Of course that's very disappointing in itself that I couldn't make the amendment to do what I wanted to do with those 2 schools. So we have to move on and I'm pressing towards a harder fight." said Green.

All staff at Atkins and Midway Elementary Schools and Fair Park and Woodlawn High Schools will be removed at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Staff  will be forced to reapply for their positions. The two high schools will return to a 9 through 12th grade school and offer an open enrollment.

The district will also be required to hire outside consultants for schools. This comes with an estimated price tag from over a two year period of $5,000,000.00 to $8,000,000.00 million dollars for the district.

"I can truly appreciate the emotion.  But one of the things that we are finding is that we want to make sure we have this emotion before schools become academically unacceptable. We where up here almost 5 years ago having a similar conversation about schools ," said Deputy Superintendent of Recovery Schools District Patrick  Dobard.

Caddo and the RSD committee won't waste any time. They are expected to get started on Friday.


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