Posted: Aug 13, 2013 6:21 PM by Alex Labat
Updated: Aug 13, 2013 6:59 PM
Tomorrow, Lafayette Parish students will be heading back to school, and 200 of those students will be entering new schools for the first time after transferring from academically unacceptable ones.
Alice Boucher and J.W. Faulk will be losing 100 students each.
Those students will be divided among 3 schools.
Prairie Elementary will be taking in the most with an estimated 90 students.
Ossun with the next highest number at 80.
Carencro Heights will be taking in at least at 30.
At the Lafayette Parish School Board today, everyone is busy crunching the numbers, making sure the 3 schools set to receive the 200 transfer students don't get overwhelmed.
"We're taking that into account at all 3 schools, making sure we stay within the recommended limits, with a little bit of cushion with the fact that we don't know who's going to show up tomorrow and who isn't", says Director of Accountability Tom Spencer.
And while the schools losing the students may be deemed academically unacceptable, some members of the school board view the smaller class sizes as a good thing.
"The superintendent actually shared with us this morning that he does see this as an opportunity for the students that are remaining at Alice Boucher and J.W. Faulk to have smaller class sizes which is really what they need right now", says Director of Community Collaboration & Partnerships Angela Morrison.
She says one of the hurdles in transferring the students is families with multiple children in the system.
Because of the small window of opportunity to make the choice to transfer, some families were faced with a very tough decision.
"Because of that, they probably had to move pretty quickly. And especially families that have more than one child at a certain school or in a certain school zone, that was a pretty big decision that the family had to make", says Morrison.
Those that made the decision to transfer may see some wait times to get to and from school, but the board assures parents wherever the students have decided to go, they'll let them get there safe and sound.
"We've actually certified two buses that can handle some of the overflow. And operate those two schools (Prairie and Ossun) for us", says Director of Transportation Damon Evans.