Apr 17, 2013 10:50 PM by Tina Macias
Acadian Middle School will be restructured next year under a reconstitution plan that will require teachers to reapply for their jobs and add 4 additional teachers to school staff.
The Lafayette Parish School Board, in a 5-4 vote, approved the $252,000 plan tonight. The cost of extra staff will be used to implement a "teaming" teaching method.
Principal Linda Nance asked for reconstitution because of the schools's low performance score, which has fallen in recent years. It is rated a "D" school by state standards.
When Nance first presented the reconstitution plan last month, she estimated 50 percent of the current faculty would be discharged from Acadian Middle under reconstitution.
That detail concerned board member Kermit Bouillion who wondered if these teachers would end up at D schools in his school district. He estimated 17 schools in the system are D schools and all need help.
"What I'm trying to figure out is with the little money we have, how do we make a little progress?" superintendent Pat Cooper said, who added that the teachers might still be effective, but not in Acadian's high-poverty, at-risk environment.
Bouillion, Hunter Beasley, Rae Trahan and Tehmi Chassion voted against the reconstitution. Greg Awbrey, Mark Babineaux, Mark Cockerham, Shelton Cobb and Tommy Angelle voted for it.