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|State school decisions juggled|
A decision on a a charter school for Franklin Parish could come as early as this week but School Board members will have to wait another month to see if the state takes over one of their elementary schools.
Superintendent Lanny Johnson told the school board Monday night that the Louisiana Department of Education could made a decision on the parish's request for a charter school, "as soon as Wednesday."
The question of if Winnsboro Elementary will fall under state control because of academic troubles will not be answered until January, Johnson said.
"I spent over an hour on the phone with (State Superintendent Paul) Pastorek and I feel real good about our standing with the state," he said.
Johnson's comments came near the close of an agenda meeting of the board. Agenda meetings are held a week prior to regular school board meetings to formalize discussion topics.
Winnsboro Elementary is one of 33 schools in the state that could be taken over by the Department of Education because of academic failure. Once a school is taken over by the state, the school reports directly to the state board and not to the local school board.
Winnsboro Elementary has been deficient, primarily in reading, for four straight years, making it eligible for state take over.
Lately, representatives of the Department of Education have visited with local officials as part of the decision making process.