- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

BAKER, La. (AP) - Baker school Superintendent Ulysses Joseph says school officials should know in the next three weeks whether Bakerfield Elementary School will be taken over by the state.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1zIUkxi ) Bakerfield Elementary has received a grade of F from the state Department of Education for the past four years, making it a target for takeover by the state-run Recovery School District. From the 2012-13 school year to 2013-14, the school’s rating declined from 30.4 to 27.9.

If the school is taken over by the state, teachers could potentially lose their jobs, since they would have to reapply through the Recovery School District.

Joseph said Tuesday night that negotiations are underway between the Baker School System and RSD, but he said he couldn’t provide any details about what alternatives are being considered. Any changes made, such as a takeover of the school, would be effective in the 2014-15 school year, he said.

“We hope they’ll listen to us,” he said. “We don’t want to lose the school.”

The school district has two other elementary schools: Baker Heights Elementary, which received a grade of C in 2013-14, and Park Ridge Academic Magnet, a combined elementary and middle school, rated B.

Bakerfield has lost students in the past year. At the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, the school had 258 students. By October 2014 in the current school year, 166 students were attending. Joseph attributes the decline to the opening of charter schools in the Baker area, including Advantage Charter Academy and Impact Charter.

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

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