- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

BASTROP, La. (AP) - Morehouse Parish School Board members are expected to receive a plan at Tuesday’s board meeting that will detail the district’s ideas for reconfiguring the district. It could include closing schools to save money.

The News-Star reports (https://tnsne.ws/MQrgOw) plans are running a little behind schedule. The superintendent was to have presented his plan for reconfiguration on Feb. 28, followed by an opportunity for community input on the plan before the board would vote on March 15.

Instead, Board President Mike Stephens said the board will have a meeting on March 11 where it will receive Superintendent George Noflin’s plan for how to address the district’s money issues.

“What we will do then is to take the plan under advisement,” Stephens said. “It falls under the board’s duties to determine the number of schools that will be open and the number or people who will staff them.”

The board could call a special meeting to accept Noflin’s plan or to present an alternate plan that Stephens said the board is creating.

Board Vice President Robert Fenceroy said incorrect information has been circulating around the district about which schools will be closed. Fenceroy said Noflin recently addressed the matter on a local radio show, saying there had been no final decisions.

Morehouse Parish Schools are on spring break this week, and Noflin was not available for comment.

“When the board receives the plan, the community will see it at the same time,” Stephens said. “We will take public comments and they will have an opportunity to voice their opinion.”


Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com

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