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Mar 17, 2010 8:49 AM

Union School Board votes to seek appeal

FARMERVILLE, La. (AP) The Union Parish School District will ask an appeals court to review a recent court decision that system officials say could have a significant impact on the district's finances in years to come.

The ruling by state District Judge Todd Hernandez in Baton Rouge rejected the district's request to stop the direction of state and local funds from Union Parish Schools to D'Arbonne Woods Charter School.

The writ is discretionary, and the court may consider it or refuse to review the trial court's decision.

Union Superintendent Steve Dozier tells The News-Star that the district has the potential to lose between $1.2 million and $1.5 million next year to D'Arbonne Woods because of the loss of students from traditional parish public schools to the charter school.

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Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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