MONROE, La. (4/22/19) Construction already underway on the new Martin Luther King Junior Middle School in South Monroe, as residents file a lawsuit against the Monroe City School Board to stop it’s completion. 

District 5 Rep. B/etty Ward-Cooper said she understands their concerns about flooding. 

“Just last week from the rain that we received, we have photographs of that area with water up very high,” said Cooper. 

Cooper voted no on sandwiching the school between Minnie Ruffin Elementary and Wossman High School. 
Her main issue the lack of community inclusion. 

“Since I been on this school board I am trying to make sure we as a school board are accountable and transparent,” said Cooper. 

She said looking back in documents there was no mention of meetings to inform Parkview residents of the decision and that’s unacceptable. 

“No community should operate that way. All of the citizens must be included in decision making for such an important issue as the education of our children,” said Cooper. 

Now, that the contract has been awarded she said only one person within the board has the power to bring it back to the table. 

“The board president has power to bring this item back to an agenda. Whether it’s a special called meeting or a regular called meeting of the board, the board president has some powers.” said Cooper. 

We reached out to Monroe City School Board President Bill Wilson he declined to comment on the matter and referred us to the board’s attorney. The next Monroe City School Board meeting will be Tuesday, May 7.