Baton Rouge, LA (PPN) – East Baton Rouge Parish School Board on Thursday decided to speed up advanced plans to merge, expand, and or relocate public schools in north Baton Rouge and surrounding areas.
The vote was 6 to 2, with board members Dawn Collins and Kenyetta Nelson-Smith voting no; board member Vereta Lee abstained. A final vote is set for the April 20 meeting, according to the Advocate.
Superintendent Warren Drake would like to merge 11 schools, expanding one, closing two and relocating another school.
“The plan I’m presenting you tonight is good for children all over this parish,” Drake said.
This plan will merge Capitol, Melrose and Park onto two campuses. Melrose would focus on kindergarten to second grade while Capitol would handle third to fifth grades. Prekindergarten children would head to the Delmont Pre-K Center. Park’s campus at 2700 Fuqua St. would close the report says.
One late addition to Drake’s plan is adding magnet programs in the fall to Woodlawn Middle and Woodlawn High schools. The programs would provide education to half the students in those schools.
White Hills Elementary only has 150 students, may close down or merge White Hills with an unnamed elementary school nearby.