SB Member Shares Views
In trying to help two schools in Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) that I represent, I ran into a political snag.
The outgoing superintendent proposed moving the junior high from Lacassine school which is crowded with about 650 students to Fenton Elementary. Fenton Elementary has 125 students. Both schools were built to hold about 300 students.
I spoke with the principal of Lacassine school about moving the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students on the superintendent’s recommendation to Fenton. The principal said if the fifth grade, of 41 students, could go also, it would help the crowded condition. As a school board member, I approved the move but the other school board member rejected the move.
I then proposed floating a bond issue to build a new high school around the Woodlawn area. The school member representing his district rejected that also.
The last alternative was to move the Fenton attendance line farther south to acquire more students. This would help both schools. It would help Lacassine school with a reduced number of about 70 students. I know in general no one likes to change from one school to another and I respect their position.
Lacassine and Fenton are B schools according to the State of Louisiana’s grading system. Lacassine has teachers from Fenton in their school and Fenton’s school has teachers from Lcassine. There have been intermarriages between Fenton and Lacassine people.
I added a motion to the agenda to discuss changing the Fenton school attendance line for the 2013-2014 school year and it died for a lack of a second.
Previously to the motion, I spoke to members of the board and most of them seemed positive about the idea. I do have a problem working with school board members, superintendent or principal who tells you one thing and later to the opposite.
Fenton community is incorporated, paying the school board around $2,000-$4,000 every month. It also has a local police force to provide safety for the school and community. We have an outstanding mayor who is working hard to improve the community. We are doing just fine in the school and community but I was offering a helping hand to the neighboring school.
School Board Member District 10
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