2 Caddo schools pulled from closure proposal

Published: Mar. 10, 2017 at 10:28 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 10, 2017 at 10:49 PM CST
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Dr. Lamar Goree (Source: Caddoschools.org)
Dr. Lamar Goree (Source: Caddoschools.org)

CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Two schools in Shreveport are safe from being considered for consolidation.

Dr. Lamar Goree requested that Board President Denee' Locke to pull a consideration on Friday that would close Atkins Elementary and Queensborough Elementary.

"While the proposal to consolidate Atkins and Queensborough elementary schools into higher-performing campuses was grounded in every effort to provide additional academic opportunities to students, I believe that before any decision like this can be made that as a community we have much more work to be done to come together," Goree said. "Caddo Schools must work to provide the highest quality education to every child while remaining cognizant of fiscal and legislative restraints. Our district – staff, students, parents, and community members - must come together as one unified voice and directly address what we need in order to have the best quality of life for our residents. The time is now and there is no better cause to stand behind than our children."

Goree has directed the staff's efforts into reviewing components of the district's strategic planned initiatives to also work with the best interests of the school's communities.

The announcement comes as the district works toward a final agreement with the Louisiana Department of Education which will work to provide additional resources to the parish's underperforming schools.

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