Apr 18, 2013 7:47 PM by Akeam Ashford
As teachers at Park Vista Elementary in Opelousas wrap up this school year, they are also making plans for hundreds of new students.
Yesterday, the BESE Board approved a plan to send all of Creswell Elementary students to Park Vista. Creswell has been a failing school for the last four years. Currently, Creswell has over 200 students enrolled, while Park vista has over 700. This will put Park Vista's enrollment at over 900 next school year.
Principal Ulysse Joubert, says his school can handle the additional students. "We have a very large number of students who came from Creswell this year. I don't think the students coming in are going to be any different." Nadia Parker came to Park Vista from Creswell last year. "It was a big experience because I never thought I could come to such a nice school," says Parker.
Joubert will be responsible for making sure the transition for students, parents, and his faculty is as seamless as possible. In his 22 years as principal, Joubert has seen students come from failing schools before. "There's the Park Vista experience, and we're just going to make it available for more students," says Joubert.
For Joubert, the problem isn't the amount of students, he just doesn't know if he'll have the room to teach them. There is, however, a new building on campus, but it isn't finished yet. The building was due for completion last fall, but construction pushed back the deadline. The new building has 12 classrooms which will help welcome the new students.
"There's a Park Vista experience,and we're just going to make it available for more students," says Joubert.