School board discusses changes to Mayfair, Delmont
BATON ROUGE - Jeremy Collins devotes much of his attention to his brand new baby girl. He says he gave that same attention to his son back when he attended Delmont Elementary.
"My son passed to the kindergarten. I mean it's a pretty good school," he says.
But it's not pretty good according to state performance scores, which is one of the reasons East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent Bernard Taylor plans to reconfigure Delmont along with Mayfair Middle School. Both have been rated failing schools for years, and are at risk for being taken over by the state.
Some parents say those scores are affecting morale, and think a fresh start might help.
"Because these scores, they're shutting schools down and all type of stuff like that. They don't need to do that. Just let the kids learn. Let it go from there," says Collins.
Students would be assigned to different schools or have the option of applying to one of the magnet schools available for them. State Superintendent John White told News 2 in a statement the board needs to "focus less on lawsuits and moving kids from place to place and more on improving struggling schools."
Taylor's plan is for Mayfair to handle kindergarden through second grade, and Delmont would become a pre-K center. The state says EBR Schools cannot change the names of the schools and get new codes without their approval.