Carroll High alumni are concerned with the education of students.
Wondering if high school grads will find their diplomas useful.
“That’s the big question.. that’s the elephant in the room,” said Carroll High Alumni Association member Jesse Smith.
Smith graduated from Carroll High and taught there .
He’s at the forefront of the movement to get help for schools on the southside.
“It doesn’t add up. You have failing elementary schools, you have failing junior high schools and the high schools are performing at a ‘B’ and ‘C’ level,” said Smith.
He’s referring to Crroll’s grade from the Louisiana Department of Education.
The school has a ‘C’ average, but received a ‘D’ for ACT scores and ‘F’ for assessments.
“It just doesnt seem right that you have all these honored graduates, but they cannot go to college with the hundreds of degrees and graduates that they have,” said Ambrose Douzart.
The NAACP is joining the fight.
Hoping to raise awareness and shed light on an issue they say is left in the dark.
“The alumni and others have sent letters to the superintendent and the school board and the principals and the letters have not been answered, so I believe the fight is legitimate,” said Douzart.
With several Monroe City Schools barely receving passing grades, Smith says it’s time to do what’s best for the children.
“That’s the primary reason why we out here to make sure we getting the maximum benefit for our kids and our community, because we haven’t gotten good results so far,” said Smith.
We reached out to Monroe City Schools Superintendent Brent Vidrine, but have yet to hear back. We’ll let you know if he makes a comment.