UPDATE (KTVE/KARD): A meeting is scheduled on Thursday, June 16, 2022, for 7 p.m. at Epps Town Hall located at 120 Maple Street to discuss the closure of Epps High School. 

UPDATE (KTVE/KARD): On Monday, June 13, 2022, West Carroll Parish School Board Members voted to turn Epps High School into a kindergarten through sixth-grade school. According to a Facebook post shared by an Epps High School teacher, board members voted five yes and two members declined to answer.

The teacher also reported that the plan is for the seventh through twelfth grades students to attend Forest High School, which is just a five-minute drive.

West Carroll Parish School Board meeting set to discuss possible closure of an area high school

WEST CARROLL PARISH (KTVE/KARD) — The nation-wide teacher shortage is affecting an area high school, to the extent of possible closure.

On Monday, June 13, 2022, the West Carroll Parish School Board will meet to discuss their monthly agenda. One item they plan on addressing is the status of Epps High School.

Epps High School is a rural public school located in Epps, LA and the student population of currently sits at two-hundred and fifty-eight. Although the school remains open, the possibility of it closing leaves many parents and students feeling concerned.

Jeannie Herrington, a mother with two kids enrolled at Epps High said, “My kids aren’t happy about it. They are very upset. It’s a big change that they’re not ready for. A lot of the students and parents love the smaller school system. They feel like their kids get more one-on-one time.”

The West Carroll Parish School Board will meet at 6:30 PM to determine a plan for the future of Epps High School.