Pointe Coupee school board holds special meeting amid budget crisis

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Nearly two weeks after an explosive meeting at the Pointe Coupee school board office residents are still waiting to hear the fate of the parish school system.

“When you make your decisions make it in mind that this is my child that I am serving. Would I want this for my child?” Mary Jackson, an educator in Pointe Coupee parish, said.

Tuesday the school board held a special meeting to hear more public opinion about the possibility of closing schools like Rougon Elementary and Upper Point Coupee, because of school system financial issues.

The cuts were suggested along with several other ideas to bridge a $1.5 million budget shortfall.

Residents shared their ideas for lowering costs– one is to increase property taxes to drum up more funds for the school system.

“I would gladly pay double that if it meant that each child had a shot at a quality education,” one parent said.

No decision was made Tuesday, but community members say they will continue to fight for the schools, the staff, and most importantly, the students.

The next school board meeting will be held on Feb. 12.

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