GREENSBURG, Louisiana — The state Department of Education is urging a federal judge not to allow St. Helena Parish to reconfigure its schools.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/18IRWXP ) the department asserts the Recovery School District's presence is the only reason St. Helena's schools have improved, and even that improvement reversed course in this year's standardized test scores.
Superintendent Kelli Joseph described the department's position as "arrogant and offensive" and said the RSD continues to stand in the district's way.
On May 1, St. Helena school officials filed a motion asking U.S. District Judge James J. Brady for approval to regain control of the parish's only middle school or to reconfigure the elementary and high schools to add fifth- through eighth-grade classes.
A hearing on the district's motion is scheduled for June 13.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com