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Caddo moving forward with plans to merge BTW, Fair Park

Caddo schools Superintendent Lamar Goree speaks with media representatives May 8. (Source: KSLA News 12) Caddo schools Superintendent Lamar Goree speaks with media representatives May 8. (Source: KSLA News 12)
CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Caddo schools Superintendent Lamar Goree says his district is proceeding with plans to merge two failing Shreveport high schools, turning one of them into a middle school. 

"This is not an easy decision. The closure of any school is not an easy decision. But it's also not one that we take lightly. But we are dealing with a situation we have at hand. We are trying to determine how can we best support teachers, how can we best support students," said Goree.

On Monday, he acknowledged but would not comment directly on a lawsuit filed by an alumni group.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Goree says merging Booker T. Washington and Fair Park high schools is in the best interest of the students. 

"I am confident that the new school configurations and our improvement efforts are not only in the best interest of our students now, but are also in the best interest of the long-term success of our students."

  • Parents of Booker T. Washington and Fair Park students have been notified where their children will attend classes, he said. 
  • Teachers have been reassigned. Kristi Young will remain BTW Principal. Mike Greene will take over as BTW football coach.
  • Ambassador groups have been formed to help with the transition. 
  • And renovations are underway at the two campuses.
  • Spring athletic teams are already working together.

There also are plans to handle security concerns, Goree said during a media gathering earlier Monday.

"They'll be fine. We are not worried about security at all."

"Now will we make the appropriate adjustments and make sure we have enough security? Absolutely. But they are not going to walk into a school full of police."

"I feel very confident we are ahead of the curve as far as making this work by the beginning of next school year."

According to Goree, some savings from the merger will go toward new programming and opportunities available at Booker T. Washington for students.

The district plans to hold a press conference as soon as later this week to talk more about those opportunities and the transition plan.

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