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EBR school closed, owes $18K in electric bills

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Posted: Aug 7, 2012 5:49 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Aug 7, 2012 5:49 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Crestworth, school, closes

BATON ROUGE - Crestworth Learning Center will not open tomorrow like all other public schools in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The State Fire Marshal's Office found numerous violations including:

  • broken door locks
  • chains used to secure doors from the inside
  • broken fire alarm system
  • broken hooded fire suppression system in kitchen

The Recovery School District took over Crestworth on July 1st. Two weeks later, RSD officials reported problems with the alarm system, electrical wiring, ceiling tiles and general upkeep due to what Superintendent Patrick Dobard called a decade of neglect.

"We're not going to go into a building that isn't strong enough and worthy to our students," Dobard said.

He said the charter that previously ran Crestworth owes $18,000 in electric bills, and that's not a cost the state can legally take on.

"We've been in discussions with Entergy to see if there can just be a transfer to the state without the obligation of the debt being met, which is not our debt," Dobard said.

In the meantime, 300 Crestworth students will relocate to Glen Oaks Middle School five miles away. Dobard said Glen Oaks is large enough to handle the additional students.

"Everyone from Crestworth will be housed on the Glen Oaks site, but they're two separate schools on one campus," he said.

The work to get Crestworth back into appropriate conditions is expected to take one to two months. Tomorrow, buses will bring any students who show up at Crestworth to Glen Oaks.

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