Educators in Saint Helena parish got a lesson in leadership today, part of a bus tour to several schools in neighboring parishes. Right now, Saint Helena is the lowest performing school district in the state, a position it has held for five years in a row.
That's why state superintendent Paul Pastorek invited community leaders and educators in Saint Helena to take a look at the way higher performing schools function. The schools visited on the bus tour face similar financial difficulties. Their student population, much like Saint Helena's, has a high percentage of minorities and students who get reduced price lunches. These schools, however, are some of the better in the state, according to Pastorek.
He says the difference is the leadership in the schools. "Adults need to come together," he said about Saint Helena leaders. "They need to align themselves and they need to find top quality leaders that actually run schools in top quality ways."
The Saint Helena school board heads back to court September 27th to decide the fate of the school district. In the meantime, they continue to look for ways to fix their struggling system.