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Madison superintendent weighs in on student walk-out

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TALLULAH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Many Madison Parish school leaders are being tight lipped about a group of student protestors walking outside Madison High. The students said they were hoping to seek a better educational surrounding. The schools superintendent believes their is more positive aspects about the district than what the students can see.

"We have a great staff, great faculty, great community, great students, and we are looking forward to seeing great success," Superintendent Lisa Wilmore said.

Wilmore said the protest started off with 15 students last Tuesday. Several of them have been suspended, others are being disciplined differently. However, Wilmore said she's listening to the concerns of those students despite them being in trouble.

"We are committed to excellence in our district and although we have challenges," Wilmore said. "We want to form a cohesive effort to endure that our students are safe and that they receive adequate support."

The school's principal declined to comment about the incident. Also, the Madison Parish board president turned away from a camera interview after a school board meeting Monday night. Wilmore said the school leaders are aiming to bring some light to the district after a dark subject.

"The district was in a $2.2 million deficit in the fiscal year 2011-2012 and now we're projecting a surplus for the 2012-2013 school year," the superintendent said.

Wilson said they're still working with parents and students to close the door on any future walk-outs.

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