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Caddo's campus consultants

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The Caddo Parish School district is mapping out a collaborative effort to redesign a group of low-performing schools through a partnership with the Recovery School District. Part of that agreement with the state is hiring consultants for all "F" schools in danger of state takeover; plus another consultant to operate out of the district office with all aspects of the organization.

For a district that has struggled to balance it's books in recent years, the question is; can the district afford these consultants?

"We have a district in terms of funding that haven't asked the public for help in a very long time and we are struggling and yet here we are going to reach out and hire some additional groups. What is the real value in that," said Jackie Lansdale with Red River United. 

The district is now considering dropping incentive pay and has watched it's reserve fund erode. Board member Charlotte Crawley is one of two, along with Jasmine Green, who voted against the deal with the state. 

"I didn't support hiring consultants. I think it's just a way of spending tax payer dollars on private enterprise. So I don't support that but we are being forced to do that by the state," said Crawley.

Caddo spokesperson Victor Mainiero said the district has requested proposals from consultants, but exact costs won't be known until contracts are signed.  Fair Park and Woodlawn High schools, Atkins and Midway Elementary schools will terminate all staff and all must reapply for their jobs.

 

 

 

 

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