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Feb 28, 2013 9:20 AM by AP

St. James school board puts school closing on hold

ST. JAMES, La. (AP) - The St. James Parish School Board has decided to put on hold a proposal to close Fifth Ward Elementary School after community outcry prompted board members to slow the process down and schedule several public meetings to discuss the school's future.

One such meeting took place Wednesday when about 130 parents and area residents gathered at Fifth Ward Elementary School to hear why the school board recently targeted the school for closure.

School Superintendent Alonzo Luce said the school board will make a final decision in April.

A study showed that Fifth Ward and Lutcher Elementary schools are projected to have the fewest number of enrolled students by about 2033 because residents will move from the area to escape encroaching industry.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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