The Morehouse Parish School Board agenda shows the board is to discuss an immediate consolidation plan that maximizes the use of schools owned by Morehouse Parish.
The decision seems to be split by board members on which school should be shut down and where those students should go.
Interim Superintendent, Hazel Sellers, says some members aren’t happy about the plan.
Sellers says, Morehouse Parish lost 170 students this past year, and the state took notice.
Now the board is working to fill a 1.2 million dollar deficit, and although plans are already in place to fill that gap, sellers says the consolidation is a preventive measure.
Sellers says, right now the board is still weighing out the options and considering the facts.
“That is what my job is as superintendent, it’s to make sure that we get all of the correct information to the board members so that they can make the best decision for the students of Morehosue Parish,” says Sellers.
School board members are debating whether the consolidation will be with Delta Junior High or Pine Grove among several others.
Sellers says, this is affecting emotions with local alumni, and she can relate.
“I would tell them[parents] that change is always hard, it’s difficult, and that as a parent myself, that would worry me. However, as a superintendent I have to look at the entire picture,” says Sellers.
Sellers is one of 3 candidates to be voted on for Morehouse Parish School Board’s new superintendent during the meeting.