More than 100 people met in Minden Monday night to talk about an old court order for Webster Parish Schools to desegregate. The order comes from a case called Blaine Gilbert vs. Webster Parish School Board, but the Minden NAACP says in all that time they still don't think the district has met all the terms of the court order.
Recently the Webster Parish School board put on their executive meeting agenda that they wanted to talk about asking the courts for unitary status. Unitary status means that they have fulfilled the court order and no longer have to report to the courts any more. We reached out to the WPSB, but they have not returned our calls yet.
According to Minden NAACP Vice President Samuel Mims the court order mandates the district to make several things equal including transportation, facilities, and student and teacher ratios. Mims says the district is supposed to have 36% black teachers, but it only has 17%.
A black child has just as much right to see a black teacher as a white child has to see a white teacher," said Mims.
The NAACP says they do think the district has made some progress, but they do not think they should even apply for unitary status with the courts until they have made the teacher ratio reflect the population.