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EBR School Board votes to close Banks, Brookstown

4 years ago January 06, 2011 Jan 6, 2011 Thursday, January 06 2011 Thursday, January 06, 2011 9:05:08 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

BATON ROUGE – School board members have voted to close two elementary schools in the district and send their students elsewhere in the fall.

Members voted unanimously to close Brookstown Elementary and voted eight-to-two with one abstention to close Banks Elementary.  The students will be sent to Progress, Delmont and the new Claiborne Elementary, depending on where they live.

Before the vote, Superintendent John Dilworth laid out changes to his proposal to deal with a tax plan for school construction being millions of dollars short.  That proposal called for closing Polk Elementary and Progress Elementary next school year.  Progress initially was scheduled for a brand new school.

Dilworth now wants to allow Polk to stay open for two more years, to allow for enrollment and performance score growth.  He also wants to keep plans to build a new Progress.  Expansions planned at Scotlandville Elementary to make up for closing Progress in the proposal are now being reviewed.

Those changes are not official and there is no timeframe on when the board will get a new proposal to vote on.

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