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Monroe City School Board, Preventing People From Moving Here?

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo's slogan for the city is "Monroe Proud."

Many people we spoke with are concerned with technology at your finger tips, and the heated meeting that happened at the Monroe City School Board Tuesday night, people may not choose to not move to our area.

One man says it's time for a change.

Richard Smith lives in Monroe and says,"a week doesn't go by where there is not some controversy going on, and one of the things a person looks at when they think of relocating to an area is what are the schools like."

Smith says he has never seen anything like it, "I don't recall ever having such controversy in the school board system as they have here in this city."

Newly elected city councilman, Ray Armstrong, says while Monroe has made a lot of positive changes, they need to keep going in that direction.

Armstrong says, "Monroe has been decreasing in population and we need to address that."

He says the school board could make some improvements, "the school board has their own problems and they know they have their problems and they want to fix it and they need to, I think it is a consideration and everybody wants to see that change."

Smith says there are more jobs coming to the area and that's a positive thing.

He says, "we have Century Link expanding the other businesses ion the area expanding people are coming from other areas in the country to move here, and one of the things they are going to look at is what is the school like here."

Smith says while it's a complicated issue, someone needs to do something.

He says, "this is a very important situation and needs to be address and whether they all need to resign and start over again or what happens but they can't seem to work together."

Smith also says even though he doesn't have a child in school now, from a tax payer stand point, they expect to get the best from our school systems and facilities.

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