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Caddo Branch RSD job posting raises concerns about state takeovers

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Woodlawn Leadership Academy is one of 5 Caddo Parish Schools in danger of being taken over by the Louisiana Recovery School District. Woodlawn Leadership Academy is one of 5 Caddo Parish Schools in danger of being taken over by the Louisiana Recovery School District.
CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Caddo voters approved three tax renewals over the weekend, but school leaders say they aren't exactly celebrating just yet.

School board members say they are facing several challenges ahead, including finalizing a budget, finding a superintendent and trying to save at least 5 schools from being taken over by the state.

On top of that, the state has posted a job listing for Executive Director of the Caddo Branch of the Louisiana Recovery School District, and one education advocacy group says this means a state takeover could happen sooner than previously thought.

"The state is about to come in, I have the letter right here," says Alliance for Education Director Scott Hughes, "The state opened up the advertisement for the job, to come run the Caddo RSD."

At least 5 Caddo schools are eligible to be absorbed into the RSD: Huntington High School, Booker T. Washington, Fair Park College Prep, Green Oaks Performing Arts and Woodlawn Leadership Academy.

A school is eligible for RSD intervention after 4 consecutive years of failing to reach the academic standards set forth by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).

But Caddo School Board member Curtis Hooks says state superintendent John White has assured the district a take over would not happen in 2013.

"It's not etched in stone, what he promised us, but we feel he's going to stick with his promise," said Hooks.

But Hughes says people have misunderstood White's words. He predicts, in order for additional RSD schools to be up and running for the 2014 and 2015 school year, the state will begin making moves this summer.

Hooks disagrees, saying the schools still have time. "I wouldn't be in a panic mode, not right now. What we have to do, we still have a year and anything can happen in a year," said Hooks.

Hooks says to avoid a takeover, each individual school has to submit a plan to the state, detailing their improvement plan.

KSLA News 12 reached out to the recovery school district, they did not return our calls in time to comment.

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