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May 22, 2013 12:52 PM by AP(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

Terrebonne board approves consolidation plan

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Four schools will close as part of a cost-saving plan approved by the Terrebonne Parish School Board.

On Tuesday, The Courier reports the board voted to close Greenwood Middle, West Park Elementary, Dularge Elementary and Boudreaux Canal Elementary at the end of this school year.

"This is a simple yay or nay that could change our community forever," said Tracy Price, whose son would have entered kindergarten at Boudreaux Canal in August.

Price said she fears her son could have a greater opportunity to be bullied at the larger school he will attend.

School Superintendent Philip Martin said the decision is not preferable, but years of demographic shifting and a $6 million budget shortfall going into the next school year necessitate the closings.

The consolidations are estimated to save the district slightly more than $1 million annually.

The plan calls for the 140 students at Greenwood Middle to be split among Bayou Black Elementary, Gibson Elementary and Evergreen Jr. High School.

West Park Elementary will send its students to Legion Park School. Dularge Elementary students will be taught at Dularge Middle, while Boudreaux Canal Elementary students will move to Upper Little Caillou Elementary.

The plan will also involve other grade reconfigurations: Seventh-grade classes from Lisa Park Elementary and Dularge Middle will move to Houma Junior High; seventh-grade classes at Greenwood and Caldwell middle schools will move to Evergreen Junior High; and ninth-grade classes at Evergreen will move to H.L. Bourgeois High.

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