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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Mar 09th 2010, 11:15 AM
Judge: Union Parish charter school funded properly

FARMERVILLE, La. (AP) - A state judge in Baton Rouge has ruled that the board of Elementary and Secondary Education can take money from local school boards to pay for charter schools in the district.

Union Parish Superintendent Steve Dozier says he'd like a more detailed explanation of Monday's ruling by District Judge Todd Hernandez.

The judge's ruling rejected a request for a preliminary order to stop local money from going to D'Arbonne Woods Charter School. Hernandez ruled that it is properly funded, and that the parish school system failed to prove that it has been hurt by using money for the school.

Dozier says the school system will lose $1.2 million.

That is public money going to privately run charter schools.

Looks like the public school board may not be able to get new roofs for their public schools since they are losing over a million to D’Arbonne Woods Charter School.

Brown pleads to Board for help with roofs

As the Union Parish School Board works to decide whether to go ahead with a millage proposal for new roofs at all seven schools in the district, maintence supervisor Howard Brown says something needs to be done soon. With all schools experiencing leaky roofs, two major concerns at the moment are Marion High School and Spearsville High School. Both schools have seen a significant impact from the freezing temperatures which have further exacerbated the problems with the flimsy roofs.

“At Marion we have a classroom with a mold problem caused by the water coming in from the leaky roof,” Brown said.
“The longer we wait, the worse it’s going to get.”

Superintendent Steve Dozier said he sympathizes with Brown, but sees a millage as his only funding choice to remedy the problems with roofs at all of the schools.

“Right now our general fund balance is just shy of $900,000,” he said. “That’s not even a month’s operating expenses. As much as we may try we just cannot afford to fix the roofs where we are standing financially.”

One issue the Board must consider is the funding loss from the creation of D’Arbonne Woods Charter School. Dozier said the district stands to lose $1 million next year and can simply not afford to invest in roofs with the funding decline.

I tried to find who founded this school and what company would be getting the public money. I went to their website but could not find anything about the company.

Planned deterioration, planned dismantling of public schools...lots of that going on now.
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