Efforts by community, parents to save 70805 school prove successful
POSTED: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 6:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — As one of only two dedicated Pre-K, Kindergarten centers in East Baton Rouge Parish, Delmont elementary serves four and five year olds from all over North Baton Rouge, but until late last week it wasn't clear if the school would be around to serve kids in the 70805 next year.
"The parents really wanted a school like this in their community," explained Glenda Smith, Principal of Delmont.
For several months there was no word on if Delmont would get the necessary go-ahead to continue work at the school site. So parents made sure their opinions were heard by BESE members.
"They (parents) just told them how important it was to have a school like this, how important it is to have a school in their community, how they had seen the growth in their children in the little short time they'd been here," shared Smith.
"To hear that was just truly a blessing, from all of the parents that came out to support the efforts and the talks that they had about this. It was really great to know all of the support paid off at the end," added Julie Newman, a parent of a Delmont student.
Just last week the school got word it would get to continue on its mission for another year, thanks in large part to a push from parents and local community leaders.
"Rose Hill Baptist Church has stepped in to adopt the school and you have the parent involvement, I think all of that plays a part to show parents really want the best for their children," agreed Newman.
Parents in North Baton Rouge have said it is a resource they hope stays around for a long time to come.
"I think that there's a foundation that you build with them when they're young and to have this kind of program in 70805 is wonderful," shared Newman.
The center made the move to become a Pre-K/Kindergarten center in July, 2013.