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Mar 12, 2014 10:52 AM by AP

Morehouse board hears school closure plan

BASTROP, La. (AP) - Superintendent George Noflin presented the Morehouse Parish School Board with a plan to close schools, change grade configurations, reduce staff and change employee yearly status to balance the district's budget.

The board room was standing-room only Tuesday when Noflin presented the plan the board directed him to create in October.

"This was challenging because it affects employees and their livelihoods, finances and ultimately our children," he said. "For every cut I present, I understand there is a consequence."

The News-Star reports Noflin was tasked with finding $3.4 million in the district's budget using any one or all of three methods provided by the board - revising job descriptions, reducing employees and consolidation.

Noflin was tasked with finding $3.4 million in the district's budget using any one or all of three methods provided by the board - revising job descriptions, reducing employees and consolidation.

The proposal, which was accepted as his recommendation by the board but not approved Tuesday, would include closing two schools - Cherry Ridge Elementary and H.V. Adams Elementary - and changing the grade configurations at the remaining elementary schools.

Oak Hill would become a pre-kindergarten through second-grade school serving students from H.V. Adams, Southside and Oak Hill. Pine Grove would also serve a pre-kindergarten through second-grade population. Students attending Pine Grove would come from Cherry Ridge, Pine Grove and Delta.

Students attending Oak Hill in early elementary would attend Southside for third through fifth grades and Morehouse Junior High for sixth through eighth grades. Those attending Pine Grove would attend Delta Elementary for third through eighth grade. Students parish-wide would attend Bastrop High School.

The proposal also included cutting 18 positions - seven administrative positions in central office, four teachers at Bastrop High, three teachers at Morehouse Junior High and four special education teachers.

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