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|School misses harsh recommendation|
Winnsboro Elementary school escaped the most harsh recommendation from the state's top school official Tuesday.
The school was placed on a long list of schools which will be recommended to undergo strict state supervision instead of total state control. Superintendent Paul Pastorek made the list public at a special news conference Tuesday in Baton Rouge. The entire Board of Elementary and Secondary Education takes up his suggestions at a special meeting today.
"I made four or five trips to Baton Rouge to talk with them," said Franklin Parish Superintendent Lanny Johnson before the announcement. "They were always cordial and listened closely to our proposals," he added.
"I believe," said Pastorek in news release, "that the Louisiana Department of Education must be an unwavering voice for the nearly 15,000 children that are educated in Louisiana's most chronically failing schools. We must do the best we can with the resources that we have to significantly change the governance of schools so that we can offer these children not only hope, but a real chance to succeed."
Winnsboro Elementary was listed along with 32 other schools as candidates for takeover by the state because of at least four consecutive years of unacceptable ratings. Ten of those schools have been recommended for takeover.
Nearby schools which fall into the same category as Winnsboro Elementary include Madison Middle School in Tallulah and Delhi High School in Richland Parish.
Two of the 10 schools recommended for takeover are in Caddo Parish and the remainder are in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Franklin Parish school board members and administrative staff have worked to gain the status which Pastorek has now proposed.
If approved by BESE, the parish will have 60 days to comply with a memorandum of understanding which will show satisfactory progress within a year.
With the memorandum of understanding, the local board will be able to implement it's own recovery plan for the school. There will be some level of participation by state officials, but how much will be determined by local districts.