St. Helena School Board back in court

St. Helena School Board back in court
Doug Fain - Video Journalist

POSTED: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 4:10pm

UPDATED: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 4:14pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA) Saint Helena School Board members are back in district court today to decide the fate of the crumbling school system.

Superintendent Daisy Slan took to the stand this morning. She says the parish has been allotted $1.5 million in grant money to renovate the schools, but it would be a temporary fix. Instead, she hopes for a new school complex, one that would cost about $22 million dollars.

School Board members have been pushing for a school tax to fund the project, but just last week, members tabled a vote to implement the tax, saying the majority of people at the meeting were against it.

“If you had the opportunity to do it, then why not do it,” Nykeisha Bryer, a former student of St. Helena High School, said to NBC33 News today at the court house. “He mentioned that he didn’t want to unsettle the crowd, but the crowd there aren’t the children.”

A financial consultant for the school board says if the schools continue to take funds out of their surplus supply, they won’t be able to operate by the end of 2012.

Tonight on NBC33 News at 10 p.m. we will have the final report on what happened today in court.

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