Posted: Feb 12, 2011 8:30 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Feb 12, 2011 8:30 PM
GREENSBURG, LA- St. Helena Schools Superintendent Dr. Daisy Slan will be out of job at the end of June. The School Board in St. Helena decided not to renew her contract earlier this week. Slan said she respects their decision to choose their own leadership. but added it's not just new leaders that are needed to improve the schools.
"You cannnot have an excellent school system or a school system that is working for children if you do not get the parents and the community to work with you for that improvement," said Slan.
Other community members and teachers echoed Slan's sentiment.
"Unless we get that community involvement, we're still going to be in the same position with any leader," said Idella Smith, a teacher in the school system.
Teachers, principals and parents met Saturday afternoon to discuss a possible grant. Principals in the school system hope the potential of a grant will encourage community members to support the school system. At least one principal believes change is necessary.
"A lot of times change can bring about things that you can't even imagine, now I don't know if you need to be as radical, as you are in terms of some of the plans we have out here, you know it takes a long time for things to get bad, likewise it takes a long time for things to get better," said Arlene Kennedy, Principal at the Elementary school.
Currently the school board is searching for a new superintendent. No school board members attended the meeting held Saturday afternoon.