Mar 22, 2013 12:37 PM by Ian Auzenne
The principal of Park Vista Elementary says the influx of students into his school next year could force out some current students. On Thursday, the St. Landry Parish School Board consolidated Park Vista's zone with that of the soon-to-be-closed Creswell Elementary. According to Principal Ulysse Joubert, students attending Park Vista as a school of choice may have to find a new school.
"Adjustments are going to have to be made between people being in zone and out of zone--namely those in a school of choice," Joubert said. "We have to accommodate the students in our zone first." Joubert added that students attending Park Vista as part of the state's voucher program would not be affected.
Joubert says he expects Park Vista's total enrollment to hover between 800 and 900 students next school year. Joubert also estimates student-teacher ratios will be around 21-1 for Kindergarten and first through third grades and 25-1 for grades four through six. According to Joubert, Park Vista will receive a guidance counselor and an additional assistant principal.