ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana (KALB) – The Rapides Parish School Board held its first community meeting to get feedback on the possibility of using a balanced schedule for the 2021-2022 school year.
It was held at Peabody Magnet High School and was the first of many meetings to come over the next two months. Community participation was low, but a few people voiced their concerns and questions after watching a video prepared by council members to explain the timeline.
“We want everyone to understand why we are considering this idea. We want to know what the hurdles or barriers are to considering this idea,” said Jeff Powell, superintendent of the RPSB.
A few comments, questions, and concerns from community members related to childcare during the two-week intercessions, accommodating the schedule change, and community efforts to make the schedule as educational as possible for students. .
Superintendent Powell thinks future meetings will see more attendees as the board gets closer to voting on the decision at the February board meeting. He continues to encourage everyone to take advantage of the resources on the school board website and answer the community survey on the subject.
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