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Caddo's Fair Park High School along with Woodlawn High and Atkins and Midway Elementary schools are all examples of high poverty high minority institutions that have under gone several academic transformations over the past few years. Yet they are still on the list of some of the worst performing schools in the state.

"We came here about 5  years ago and had a similar conversation about schools that were under performing.  It was almost like we went through this process and things didn't change as dramatically as we had liked," said Patrick Dobard, Recovery School District Superintendent.   

In agreeing to leave these failing schools under Caddo Parish control, principals and faculty will all have to reapply for their jobs.
But the state also wants another set of eyes and ears within the district. Therefore, the Caddo agreement calls for  service providers to oversee school operations.

 "We want to see something dramatically different happen in schools in the 2013-14 schools year . Especially those school that have been AUS for several years.," said Delano Ford, Deputy Superintendent, Recovery School District. 

As part of a  fresh turnaround plan, the district will spend five to eight million dollars on these special service providers
 
"The rough estimates over a 2 year period it could be anywhere from five to eight million dollars and when we look at that in it's totally vs. If you lose a number of schools to the Recovery School District from a financial perspective, this is a smart investment by the school board," said Dobard.


One of the options Caddo is taking into account is service providers that will provide support to teachers and leaders, the 2nd will be based at  central office to help the team assembled by new superintendent Lamar Goree  run the district more efficiently. 

"The third type of organization is an organization that manages or oversees the day to day operations of a school from top to bottom, and so that's a little bit more intensive. That is someone where all of the staff members are still apart of the Caddo Parish staff however they are managed by an outside provider who have turned around schools," said Ford.

So far, the portion of funds going to service providers, has boggled  Jackie Lansdale, President of the Red River United teachers organization, who called the price tag ludicrous.

"If we are in such a situation that our teachers are impacted by high student counts no planning period. We've gone since 2009 without any system wide pay increase for local funds for this district we've had to fight for supply money and the list goes on and on," said Lansdale.


However there are still a lot of changes to come from the plan of service providers and the district is looking for grant dollars available to pay for it.
The administration under the newly elected superintendent hopes this will produce unprecedented results.

 "To me the main things is to support teaching. Do what is needed make sure the teachers have the materials. The resources and the professional development to do the very best job that they can," said newly elected Chief Academic Advisor for Caddo Schools, Keith Burton.

That plan also  included closing "Newton Smith Sixth grade center." and Linear Leadership Academy, a school that was already under state operation but remained academically unacceptable. 
 Caddo's agreement with the state calls for selecting the service provider by the end of January.

 

 

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