Tallulah Charter School Board President, Keary Grayson, got some heart-breaking news in first year on the job.
“It was alleged that some testing malfunctions,” he said.
Those testing errors wiped out 100 of the school’s test scores and brought them down to an “F” grade.
Tallulah Charter School was on the brink of shutting down.
“Personally I was disappointed,” Tallulah Charter parent, Breona Fountain said.
“A lot of people of course are going to lose their jobs and I have a stepdaughter who goes to school there.”
It’s a predicament that gave them a tough decision to make.
“Now we’re trying to figure out where she’s going to school.”
However, with other schools in the area performing at a low level the search was stressful for some.
“I don’t want my stepdaughter going to a school where I have to think about whether or not the teachers are teaching her or giving her what she needs,” Fountain said.
Some parents in the community believe Tallulah Charter school gives their kids the best chance to succeed, avoid making bad choices in the streets and falling into a cycle of failure.
“If you don’t give them anything to do then they have no other choice but to resort to a life of crime and to a life of other things,” Grayson said.
“If you give them the choice of education at least they are able to choose between the two.”
However, Grayson decided the fight wasn’t over yet.
Grayson was given the difficult task of making sure people got the final answer.
“Me personally, I didn’t want to leave anybody up at night wondering if they were going to have a job or whether their children were going be able to get a quality education,” he said.
“I took it upon myself along with others to go down and do what was necessary to ensure that we secured something for our students.”
They went to make their case and even got support at the capitol.
“Superintendent of Education with the State of Louisiana Dr. John White came down and he spoke with us personally,” Grayson said.
He says White played a vital role in helping .
When Grayson came back to Tallulah he brought good news with him.
The school would remain open for the 2018-2019 school year.
“For the Tallulah community it means much more than many even imagine,” he said.
“I think the whole town is going to be excited,” Fountain said.
“We’re constantly working to secure our schooling for the next school year and we’re going to do whatever we have to do to make it possible,” Grayson said.
It’s a big reward for the ones who kept the faith.
“They prayed, they believed. They came together and it worked,” Fountain said.
Tallulah Charter School will partner with the online- University View Academy to manage the academics.
A meeting is set for June 7, 2018, to finalize the plans for fall 2018.