Tempers flare at EBR school forum

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POSTED: Monday, October 18, 2010 - 10:46pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 18, 2010 - 10:49pm

SCOTLANDVILLE (WVLA)--Scotlandville residents sounded off Monday night after hearing a presentation from East Baton Rouge School officials on possible school closures.

Superintendent John Dilworth led the community forum to get input from residents on a new construction plan.  Part of the proposal would close down Progress Elementary.  The school was originally scheduled to be rebuilt.

"When the citizens of this area voted on the tax plan they voted on it with the understanding that they would be building a new progress," said board member Darryl Robertson. "The possibility of not having a new Progress and even closing the old one then the people will be upset about that." 

Hundreds of people showed up to the meeting. One by one, residents expressed their displeasure with the plan.  Many had no problem yelling directly at Dilworth.

"I'm tired of playing games with our children," said Wiliam King. "What are we gonna do? It's not right."

The board has to decide how to cut nearly $100 million from planned construction projects due to a lack of sales tax revenue.

Dilworth reminded the crowd that no final decisions were made.  Another forum is scheduled for 6:30pm Tuesday night at Polk Elementary.

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