Official questions school construction
AMITE - A Tangipahoa Parish School Board member is questioning whether the school system needs to spend $54.5 million to build three new schools to reach the district's desegregation goals.
Board member Brett Duncan says he plans to offer a resolution Tuesday that would outline a process and a timetable to consider revising the board-drafted, court-approved desegregation plan. The plan is designed to bring an end to the district's 47-year-old federal case.
The desegregation plan as originally drafted requires the district to implement magnet programs, expand and repair existing facilities and build three new schools that would draw students across current attendance zones.
Duncan said virtual learning programs, state education vouchers and other legislative changes also might have profound effects on school attendance throughout the district.