St. Landry School Board votes to halt all reorganization plans

Posted at 11:52 AM, Apr 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-13 12:52:16-04

The St. Landry Parish School Board voted to table action items from last night’s agenda and rescind all actions relative to district school reconfigurations, consolidations and closures that were previously approved at the March 8th board meeting.

As it stands currently, there will  be no changes in this regard to any of the district’s schools. In addition, the approval of a Pre-K Center is also mute. Further discussions are anticipated in the future.

Many of the plans were contingent on the tax that failed last month, because they involved the renovation or replacement of schools. But some were necessary to address schools with small and diminishing enrollment, and to consolidate preschool operations, as many parishes, including Lafayette, do successfully. Those plans also were halted. 

The move follows an overwhelming defeat of the tax, but also weeks of controversy fueled, in part, by misinformation about what the plans were. 

To read our stories about all plans that have now been halted, click here and here

The school system issued the following statement: 

The Superintendent, staff and board members would like to thank all of the citizens of St. Landry Parish who participated and voiced their respective concerns in any of the numerous board meetings. Our goal, here in St. Landry Parish,  is to promote excellence in education for all citizens.  By doing so, the superintendent, staff, and board members welcome all feedback and encourage the citizens of St. Landry Parish to continue their involvement in the future.

The board did approve a plan to open a charter school in Sunset that would be a 100 percent French Immersion school. To read our stories about that school, click here and here