- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

NEW ROAD, La. (AP) - The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board is hoping to recoup nearly $1.9 million from the state’s Recovery School District for much-needed repairs at Pointe Coupee Central High School.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1wSW58h ) the school is the site of the district’s proposed Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Arts Academy.

And the board is hoping the federal judge overseeing the decades-long desegregation case that reverted control of Central High to the school district will hold RSD accountable for the repair work officials said they agreed to do before relinquishing control of the campus.

“The federal judge said he would do what needs to be done to get them to pay,” attorney Bob Hammonds told the School Board on Thursday.

Central High was shut down in March for the 2014-15 school year by U.S. District Judge James J. Brady.

The state’s Recovery School District, which ran the school for six years, asked the court in March to return jurisdiction of the school to the parish school system after the state failed to improve the school’s academic performance.

Students who were attending Central High were transferred this fall to Livonia High School.

The board on Thursday ended up tabling a decision to begin the work on a laundry list of repairs at the Central campus while they prioritize the list, pushing much-needed repairs to the forefront so they can proceed with the STEM Academy proposal.

The board has set a special meeting for Jan. 8, when it will likely make a decision about the repairs. Meanwhile, Hammonds told the board he is prepared to file the necessary motions in federal court regarding RSD’s commitment to repay the school district.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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