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Community meeting planned to address Crestworth Middle’s RSD status

Monday, August 6, 2012 - 11:00pm

A local organization will hold an urgent community meeting tomorrow to share information related to Crestworth Middle School and its new status as a Recovery School District.

The meeting is being hosted by Community Against Drugs and Violence (CADAV) along with Councilwoman Tara Wicker. It will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Scotlandville Branch Library, located at 7373 Scenic Highway.

As a result of two major school transitions impacting families in the Scotlandville and Banks communities, CADAV has invited representatives from the Recovery School District and the East Baton Rouge School System to share information on Crestworth Middle School which will be directly run by the Recovery School District this school year. Additionally, officials from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System have been asked to provide information to parents of former Banks Elementary students on the transition of these students to Scotlandville Elementary.

"I believe that it's critical that parents and community members be able to maintain open dialogue with all school officials to ensure these transitions happen as smoothly as possible so that our children's learning is not disrupted," stated Councilwoman Tara Wicker whose Council District will include the Banks neighborhood as a result of redistricting.

Representatives from the Recovery School District, including Crestworth Middle School's administration have been invited to address members of CADAV and the larger community. In addition to the Recovery School District's management and operation of the school, community members are also interested in getting additional details on the temporary housing of Crestworth's students at Glen Oaks Middle School due to building code concerns on the Crestworth property as announced last week by the Recovery School District.

"Both of these schools have long served as center pieces to our community, and we want to ensure that parents have every opportunity to be engaged in the success of any schools serving our children," added Pat McCallister-LeDuff, president of CADAV. 

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