ST. HELENA PARISH (WVLA) - Portions of St. Helena's public schools will have to shut down after an inspection by the LA State Fire Marshal. Fire Marshal Butch Browning tells NBC33 the schools have a "host of violations." From non-working fire alarms to deficiencies in the electrical systems of the schools. In addition, Browning says the school system's portable buildings are not up to code.
School Board Attorney Nelson Taylor tells NBC33 News this is a "very fluid situation." Nelson says all St. Helena Parish Public schools students will report to school on Monday, although some students will be housed in different areas. Tayler says the school system is working with the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to come up with workable solutions that will keep the students in St. Helena Parish.
Nelson tells NBC33 News he hopes the school system will be able to acquire portable buildings that are sitting unused in New Orleans, and he and school system officials are working throughout the weekend and Monday to come up with workable solutions to the problem. Nelson says, "We are committed to providing a safe environment for the students in St. Helena Parish. They have a right to be safe."
You'll recall, St. Helena Parish voters have rejected a tax proposal to help out parish schools four times. Without money, Nelson says, it's nearly impossible to fix the problems and deficiencies. Right now - school system officials are trying to come up with a plan that may involve temprorarily shutting down schools. We'll continue to track this story and bring you updates as they become available.