St. Helena School Board pushes to keep kids in parish

Parents say kids need new schools

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 5:24pm

St. Helena parish leaders say they're doing everything they can to keep students in the parish. A district judge has until Monday to decide the fate of 850 students at St. Helena Central High School and Elementary School.

One option is to bus students to neighboring parishes, but school board officials say there are other ways to fix the system. A lawyer for the school board says they want to bring in temporary school buildings for the kids while the old facilities are fixed.

Parents like that idea. "It's hard for them to go to another parish trying to get an education cause they have never been there before. They're used to their own school," says resident Regina Travis.

School board members are also trying to pass a mandatory school tax to fund the repairs. That plan is still in it's early stages.

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