Judge rules in favor of the Iberville Parish School Board

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Posted: Oct 20, 2009 4:24 PM by Dana Hackett
Updated: Oct 20, 2009 11:10 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: judge, ruling, Iberville Parish School Board, trial, North Iberville High School

Update: A judge has ruled in the favor the Iberville Parish School Board after a trial today concerning the closing of North Iberville High School.

The judge ruled that the school board did not violate any laws in coming to the conclusion to close the school. He also said taxpayer money was not being misused, since the tax proposition said nothing specific about North Iberville High School.

Parents orginally sued the school board, claiming state open-meetings laws were violated and tax money was not being used properly.

School board leaders cited a continued drop in enrollment, despite certified teachers and other resources being put into North Iberville High.  Enrollment fell about 15 percent over two years.  They claim the small number of students made it fiscally difficult to provide a variety of course options.

Plaquemine High School had 70 more course offerings than North Iberville.

Parents were mainly upset about how the school board went about making the decision.  They were only given a few days notice that the school would be closing.

Parents plan to seek changes when it comes time for school board elections.

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