Parish school board says no to charter school

Published 12:05am Friday, October 12, 2012

VIDALIA — The Concordia Parish School Board adopted Thursday a resolution opposing the granting of a charter for the Delta Charter School in Ferriday.

The Delta Charter School board had appealed to federal courts to be allowed to open in the fall of 2013, and the CPSB’s attorneys had been contacted about the school board’s opinion, Superintendent Paul Nelson said.

After discussing the matter with the school board, a resolution opposing the charter was drafted, Nelson said.

The resolution states that the racial makeup of the Concordia Parish school system is 50 percent racial majority and 50 percent minority, and that the school board opposes the granting of a charter to a Concordia Parish school that will be funded with public money if that school is not representative of the 50-50 racial makeup.

“The CPSB feels as though any publicly-funded charter school in the parish should consist of the same racial make-up as that of the parish school system and asks that a charter not be approved without a guarantee of federal oversight to ensure that the charter school group complies with said racial makeup,” the resolution states.

Board member Warren Enterkin said the school district is not afraid of competition, but that he believes the charter school and the school district should operate with a fair basis of comparison.

“We want them to adhere to basically the same testing polices we have so that when they are compared against us, it will be a level playing field,” Enterkin said. “If they have some ideas and methods that work, we might want to look at them, but if they have some that don’t work, they might want to coordinate with us.”

Nelson said that under current rules, the charter school will still have to subject its students to the same kind of testing as the other parish schools, including the LEAP and iLEAP tests.

“They have some advantages about the selection and dismissal of students that we do not have,” Nelson said. “Some observers have said that often charter schools remove students who are not high performing, so often times it is not a level playing field.”

In other news:

• The board adopted a revised personnel evaluation policy that takes into consideration student test scores when evaluating teacher and administrator effectiveness.

Nelson said the changes were made to bring the school district into line with state law.

Board President Gary Parnham said he did not believe such a policy would be beneficial to schools, and board member Raymond Riley said such a policy could seriously affect teacher and administrator morale.

“I am going to vote for it, but I do not approve of it,” Riley said.

• Nelson announced he would be forming a superintendent’s advisory council consisting of two students from all grades 7 – 12 from every school.

“We are going to talk about bullying, and we are going to talk to the kids about their ideas for improving our schools,” Nelson said.

The group will meet once every six to nine weeks, he said.

 

 

  • highroler

    The concordia school board made the right decision. We have a A+school system. This decision is on the right side of history.

  • highroler

    The concordia school board made the right decision. We have a A+school system. This decision is on the right side of history.

  • highroler

    The concordia school board made the right decision. We have a A+school system. This decision is on the right side of history.

  • highroler

    The concordia school board made the right decision. We have a A+school system. This decision is on the right side of history.

  • Guest

    Ferriday schools are nowhere near being an A+ school

  • Guest

    Ferriday schools are nowhere near being an A+ school

  • Anonymous

    sarcasm. duh!

  • Anonymous

    sarcasm. duh!

  • Anonymous

    sarcasm. duh!

  • Guest

    The charter school is an awesome opportunity for ALL CONCORDIA PARISH students! The schools at Vidalia are already over their limit in kindergarten and other grades as well, which means less and less hands on individual attention to each student! Why wouldn’t you want a broader availability for more opportunity for our children to learn and have more security in their educational advancement…..Vidalia is a A+ school system, oh except for the fact that my kindergartner come home telling a story about the teacher throwing a marker out of anger at another child not listening…..and hit my child in the head…..when taken to higher authority nothing was accomplished….but yes A+ ;)!!!

  • Guest

    The charter school is an awesome opportunity for ALL CONCORDIA PARISH students! The schools at Vidalia are already over their limit in kindergarten and other grades as well, which means less and less hands on individual attention to each student! Why wouldn’t you want a broader availability for more opportunity for our children to learn and have more security in their educational advancement…..Vidalia is a A+ school system, oh except for the fact that my kindergartner come home telling a story about the teacher throwing a marker out of anger at another child not listening…..and hit my child in the head…..when taken to higher authority nothing was accomplished….but yes A+ ;)!!!

  • Guest

    The charter school is an awesome opportunity for ALL CONCORDIA PARISH students! The schools at Vidalia are already over their limit in kindergarten and other grades as well, which means less and less hands on individual attention to each student! Why wouldn’t you want a broader availability for more opportunity for our children to learn and have more security in their educational advancement…..Vidalia is a A+ school system, oh except for the fact that my kindergartner come home telling a story about the teacher throwing a marker out of anger at another child not listening…..and hit my child in the head…..when taken to higher authority nothing was accomplished….but yes A+ ;)!!!

  • Guest

    The charter school is an awesome opportunity for ALL CONCORDIA PARISH students! The schools at Vidalia are already over their limit in kindergarten and other grades as well, which means less and less hands on individual attention to each student! Why wouldn’t you want a broader availability for more opportunity for our children to learn and have more security in their educational advancement…..Vidalia is a A+ school system, oh except for the fact that my kindergartner come home telling a story about the teacher throwing a marker out of anger at another child not listening…..and hit my child in the head…..when taken to higher authority nothing was accomplished….but yes A+ ;)!!!

  • Anonymous

    Except the person was not being being at all sarcastic. He has tried to make that point at least 4 times in different comments on this subject.

  • Anonymous

    Except the person was not being being at all sarcastic. He has tried to make that point at least 4 times in different comments on this subject.

  • Anonymous

    Except the person was not being being at all sarcastic. He has tried to make that point at least 4 times in different comments on this subject.

  • Anonymous

    Except the person was not being being at all sarcastic. He has tried to make that point at least 4 times in different comments on this subject.

  • Anonymous

    Right decision, very wrong reasons. I’m not sure Board Member Enerkin understands what the phrase “level playing field” means. Surely he understands that even with a level playing field, not all participants will be successful. Maybe not.

    Given Superintendent Nelson is taking to having the students teach the administration, I’m pretty much backing out of my support for him. That is idiotic. Seeking council from a bunch of kids.

    And someone please tell me how any group can be 50% majority and 50% minority? These people aren’t even dealing in reality.

  • Anonymous

    Right decision, very wrong reasons. I’m not sure Board Member Enerkin understands what the phrase “level playing field” means. Surely he understands that even with a level playing field, not all participants will be successful. Maybe not.

    Given Superintendent Nelson is taking to having the students teach the administration, I’m pretty much backing out of my support for him. That is idiotic. Seeking council from a bunch of kids.

    And someone please tell me how any group can be 50% majority and 50% minority? These people aren’t even dealing in reality.

  • Anonymous

    Right decision, very wrong reasons. I’m not sure Board Member Enerkin understands what the phrase “level playing field” means. Surely he understands that even with a level playing field, not all participants will be successful. Maybe not.

    Given Superintendent Nelson is taking to having the students teach the administration, I’m pretty much backing out of my support for him. That is idiotic. Seeking council from a bunch of kids.

    And someone please tell me how any group can be 50% majority and 50% minority? These people aren’t even dealing in reality.

  • Anonymous

    Concordia Parish Schools, as a whole, are mediocre at best. The system has a few bright spots. But most people send their kids to public schools because they have to, not because they want to. Be that as it may, the board stumbled up and made a correct decision. The motivation for the charter school is suspect at best, and hopefully will never materialize.

  • Anonymous

    Concordia Parish Schools, as a whole, are mediocre at best. The system has a few bright spots. But most people send their kids to public schools because they have to, not because they want to. Be that as it may, the board stumbled up and made a correct decision. The motivation for the charter school is suspect at best, and hopefully will never materialize.

  • Anonymous

    Concordia Parish Schools, as a whole, are mediocre at best. The system has a few bright spots. But most people send their kids to public schools because they have to, not because they want to. Be that as it may, the board stumbled up and made a correct decision. The motivation for the charter school is suspect at best, and hopefully will never materialize.

  • Anonymous

    Concordia Parish Schools, as a whole, are mediocre at best. The system has a few bright spots. But most people send their kids to public schools because they have to, not because they want to. Be that as it may, the board stumbled up and made a correct decision. The motivation for the charter school is suspect at best, and hopefully will never materialize.

  • Anonymous

    WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION THERE SHOULDN’T BE ANYTHING LEFT OFF THE TABLE. AT LEAST GIVE IT A TRY, NOTHING TO LOOSE, BUT MUCH TO GAIN ON HOW THE SYSTEM WORK. SO FAR, NOTHING BUT A COUPLE OF PIN HEADS SPECTULATING ON HOW IT WORKS. crakalakin LET ME SEE CAN I HELP YOU OUT. IT’S 75% MINORITY AND 25% OF MAJORITY. WE WILL BECOME THE MAJORITY ONCE ALL STATES MINORITY BECOME THE MAJORITY. MINORITY COUNT IS ALWAYS 25% LESS THAN THE ACTUAL COUNT, NOW I KNOW YOU KNOW THE REASON WHY.

  • Anonymous

    WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION THERE SHOULDN’T BE ANYTHING LEFT OFF THE TABLE. AT LEAST GIVE IT A TRY, NOTHING TO LOOSE, BUT MUCH TO GAIN ON HOW THE SYSTEM WORK. SO FAR, NOTHING BUT A COUPLE OF PIN HEADS SPECTULATING ON HOW IT WORKS. crakalakin LET ME SEE CAN I HELP YOU OUT. IT’S 75% MINORITY AND 25% OF MAJORITY. WE WILL BECOME THE MAJORITY ONCE ALL STATES MINORITY BECOME THE MAJORITY. MINORITY COUNT IS ALWAYS 25% LESS THAN THE ACTUAL COUNT, NOW I KNOW YOU KNOW THE REASON WHY.

  • Anonymous

    WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION THERE SHOULDN’T BE ANYTHING LEFT OFF THE TABLE. AT LEAST GIVE IT A TRY, NOTHING TO LOOSE, BUT MUCH TO GAIN ON HOW THE SYSTEM WORK. SO FAR, NOTHING BUT A COUPLE OF PIN HEADS SPECTULATING ON HOW IT WORKS. crakalakin LET ME SEE CAN I HELP YOU OUT. IT’S 75% MINORITY AND 25% OF MAJORITY. WE WILL BECOME THE MAJORITY ONCE ALL STATES MINORITY BECOME THE MAJORITY. MINORITY COUNT IS ALWAYS 25% LESS THAN THE ACTUAL COUNT, NOW I KNOW YOU KNOW THE REASON WHY.

  • Anonymous

    WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION THERE SHOULDN’T BE ANYTHING LEFT OFF THE TABLE. AT LEAST GIVE IT A TRY, NOTHING TO LOOSE, BUT MUCH TO GAIN ON HOW THE SYSTEM WORK. SO FAR, NOTHING BUT A COUPLE OF PIN HEADS SPECTULATING ON HOW IT WORKS. crakalakin LET ME SEE CAN I HELP YOU OUT. IT’S 75% MINORITY AND 25% OF MAJORITY. WE WILL BECOME THE MAJORITY ONCE ALL STATES MINORITY BECOME THE MAJORITY. MINORITY COUNT IS ALWAYS 25% LESS THAN THE ACTUAL COUNT, NOW I KNOW YOU KNOW THE REASON WHY.

  • Anonymous

    I like to think the motivation was to give students with promise an alternative to failing existing public schools. Since admission and retention is based on racial quotas and not merit, that is obviously not the case.

    I’m not sure what you mean by “have to” as opposed to “want to” with regard to private schools. Those two are not mutually exclusive. My guess is you mean that given the state of public schools, they really have no alternative if they want their kids to have a good education and would not send their kids to private schools if public schools accomplished that task. That I agree with. I am one of those.

  • Anonymous

    I like to think the motivation was to give students with promise an alternative to failing existing public schools. Since admission and retention is based on racial quotas and not merit, that is obviously not the case.

    I’m not sure what you mean by “have to” as opposed to “want to” with regard to private schools. Those two are not mutually exclusive. My guess is you mean that given the state of public schools, they really have no alternative if they want their kids to have a good education and would not send their kids to private schools if public schools accomplished that task. That I agree with. I am one of those.

  • Anonymous

    I like to think the motivation was to give students with promise an alternative to failing existing public schools. Since admission and retention is based on racial quotas and not merit, that is obviously not the case.

    I’m not sure what you mean by “have to” as opposed to “want to” with regard to private schools. Those two are not mutually exclusive. My guess is you mean that given the state of public schools, they really have no alternative if they want their kids to have a good education and would not send their kids to private schools if public schools accomplished that task. That I agree with. I am one of those.

  • Anonymous

    I like to think the motivation was to give students with promise an alternative to failing existing public schools. Since admission and retention is based on racial quotas and not merit, that is obviously not the case.

    I’m not sure what you mean by “have to” as opposed to “want to” with regard to private schools. Those two are not mutually exclusive. My guess is you mean that given the state of public schools, they really have no alternative if they want their kids to have a good education and would not send their kids to private schools if public schools accomplished that task. That I agree with. I am one of those.

  • highroler

    There is nothing wrong with the parish schools. I give them an.A+.everyone is doing a good job.

  • highroler

    Supt. Nelson is doing a good job. It is a good idea to meet with students @get feedback. That dont say students are running the system.Do you job supt. Nelson you are the supt. And know what is best.

  • Anonymous

    Do you even know what the definitions of the words “majority” and “minority” are, you drooling imbecile? Neither 50% nor 75% can, by definition, be a minority. What is really sad is that two other imbeciles liked your completely illiterate and racist comment. We’ve come to expect no less from you, not that any less is possible.

  • Anonymous

    You think he is doing a good job and you think Ferriday schools are “A+”. There is nothing more I need to add.

  • highroler

    Yes i do know that ferriday is a good School@supt. Nelson is a good educator. We have a to support our school and always speak good educator about our schools. I still give all schools in concord parish A+. that is final.
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  • highroler

    I believe in the students of concordia parish@teachers@all them working together makes it a A+system the best in the nation. I give ferriday schools an A+. I stand by that comment.

  • Anonymous

    Let me back up a bit. I think we may on different pages, so to speak. I’m not talking about the buildings, the teachers or really even administrators. I’m talking about the students and, digging deeper, the parents. They cause the failure of failing schools. Administrators and teachers can only do so much. You can give them an A+ all you want. The numbers and data simply don’t bear that out. I’m glad you had a good experience. I did as well. We did so despite the facts, though.

    I know Superintendent Nelson and have for quite a long time. We were school-mates. He is a great person. That said, I do not agree at all with his approach here.

  • Anonymous

    I think they were referring to 50% of the school system being made up of the racial majority in Concordia Parish (whichever group that might be) and 50% of whichever group is the minority. Pretty easy to understand, though I think you missed the word “racial” in the sentence which might be why you were thrown off.

  • highroler

    I believe all students can be somebody if they believe @receive what they are taught on that thoght i know that we have an A+ school system. I still believe ferriday is a A+system. All other schools get A+also. We all have special gifts,all gifts

  • Anonymous

    Are you basing this opinion on test scores as compared to other schools in the area? Now take those test scores and compare them to a national average. You will find these school are less than average and Ferriday schools are FAILING!

  • Anonymous

    Amen. I don’t believe he has or even knows any children attending school in Ferriday.