- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board has approved a move to transfer students from the underperforming Pointe Coupee Central High School to Livonia High effective this fall.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1eZ6uaJ ) the board Thursday night approved a proposed order from the state’s Recovery School District asking a federal court judge to return jurisdiction of PC Central High back to the parish school system effective in the 2014-15 school year.

Parish residents packed the school board’s meeting chambers and lined the halls outside as they tried to persuade the board to reject the RSD’s recommendation to have the students absorbed into Livonia High’s student population in the fall.

RSD officials and the school board’s attorney met privately with U.S. District Judge James J. Brady last week on RSD’s motions to hand over day-to-day oversight of PC Central back to the School Board, but Brady asked the parties to clean up some language in the transfer agreements.

Bob Hammonds, the board’s attorney, told audience members that the RSD’s proposed order mirrored their original motions but added language asking that the school board, within six months, present to the court a student assignment plan for a consolidation that would make Livonia High the parish’s lone public high school.

The school board approved the proposed order in a 6-2 vote.

Chad Aguillard made an impassioned plea that the board consider keeping PC Central open so that it could serve as the parish-wide high school for the 2014-15 term.

Aguillard argued Livonia High’s campus was incapable of handling the influx of students a consolidation would entail.

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

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