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Superintendent Vidrine addresses Southside meeting

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Security on campus, attendance, and even cursive writing were all brought up at the Southside Community meeting, but one of the greatest concerns is the future of Martin Luther King Junior Middle School.

Monroe City Schools Superintendent , Brent Vidrine, told parents and teachers his plan of action for the quickly approaching school year.

"We need some change, but we can't change it right now, because two weeks from now, we are going to start school," says Vidrine.

Vidrine says it's too close to the beginning of the semester to close any school, but that doesn't mean the fate of MLK Middle School is secure. MLK, along with Carroll Junior High, have been deemed academically unacceptable based on state tests scores.

Plans to move students to other schools were discussed with administrators at MLK, and now, teachers are concerned they may lose their jobs.

"The parents' kids pay our salary," says one teacher, "if we don't have their children, you don't get a paycheck."

Vidrine says the school is currently at a level 3 and if scores drop any lower the state will step in. The board wants to avoid a state takeover. Vidrine hopes parents and teachers can work together this year to help improve those scores.

"One of the main factors in a school's success is the support of the community," says Vidrine.

Vidrine says he's is proud of the turn out at the meeting, and says with this continued support, he expects a successful school year.

 

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Monroe City School District is considering closing Martin Luther King Junior High as part of an overall effort to address problems with low student achievement. The prospect has parents concerned and board members waiting for more details.

Superintendent Brent Vidrine says all options are on the table as the district strives to determine how to better serve the students at MLK and Carroll Junior High, both of which have been labeled by the state Department of Education as academically unacceptable.

Vidrine says one of the plans being considered would close MLK and move seventh-graders from the school to Carroll Junior High. Eighth-graders from MLK would transfer to Wossman High School while eighth-graders at Carroll Junior High would transfer to Carroll High School.

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