Mar 20, 2013 12:41 PM by Tina Marie Macias/Investigative Producer
A Lafayette Parish School Board member is asking for an evaluation of the programs at N.P. Moss Preparatory Academy after a recent visit to the school made him question the programs' effectiveness.
One program in particular, the Team Learning Center (TLC), was created to eliminate out of school suspensions, but that has not been the case, board member Mark Babineaux said.
Only 11 of the 40 students who should have attended the school's alternative suspension program were present and only one was working on school work, Babineaux said.
"On some days, it's probably 75 percent that we're supposed to show up for the alternative program don't. They just go home. And they go back to the school after (their suspension)," Babineaux said. "If there's no difference in behavior, if there's no difference in grades, the question is, what are we spending the money on?"
At tonight's school board meeting, Babineaux will ask for an evaluation of the alternative programs to determine if they are making a difference, how much of a difference and how much the cost is per student. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the board's main office, 113 Chaplin Drive.
Babineaux said he simply is asking superintendent Pat Cooper to fulfill a promise to provide board members with data about the program.
"I'm looking forward to the budget process, because we're going to making some really hard decisions on what programs we're going to be keeping and what will be eliminated," Babineaux said. "I just want an assessment of this alternative programs to see if we can afford them."