Lafayette

Apr 6, 2012 11:00 AM by AP

Board members oppose program changes

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Two Lafayette Parish School Board members say they aren't happy with Superintendent Pat Cooper's plan to change the mission of the district's newest high school, Thibodaux Career and Technical High School.

The Advocate reports board members Mark Allen Babineaux and Rae Trahan said Wednesday that they oppose Cooper's recommendation to move the engineering and environmental sciences academies from Northside High to Thibodaux and move Thibodaux's current career and education programs to the W.D. and Mary Baker Smith Career Center.

The proposed moves would enable Thibodaux to become a grade 6-12 science, technology, engineering and math magnet school.

Trahan said she feared the changes would destroy a school that was designed for those "who weren't thinking they were going to college" and wanted to graduate high school job-ready.

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