May 29, 2012 6:04 AM by AP

School gets 315 state vouchers, needs more room

RUSTON, La. (AP) - A church-affiliated school in north Louisiana has been approved to accept 315 students as part of the state's scholarship program, but the school doesn't currently have the facilities or teachers to accommodate that many students.

New Living Word School in Ruston had 122 students last year. The Rev. Jerry Baldwin, the school's principal and church pastor, tells the News-Star that students currently meet in rooms that serve as the church's Sunday School rooms.

He says the school will break ground this summer for a metal building that will house 16 classrooms. He says additional students can meet in the church gym if the new building isn't finished in time.

The Louisiana Department of Education approved the scholarship applications. The program is for students attending C, D or F schools.




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