School board must decide on consolidation

Published 7:00 am Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Bogalusa City School Board should consider the superintendent’s plan for district consolidation.

Thursday, rather than vote up or down on the issue, the board members declined to even bring it up for a vote. That is a shame.

It is clear the district needs to get itself in a better fiscal position and it is clear there is money to be saved by consolidation, even if the exact amount is debatable. What is not clear, however, is what the board would like to see happen if the district does not consolidate. If anyone on the board has a plan that can save the district nearly $1 million without consolidation, we would be interested in seeing that proposal.

We believe everyone on the board and in the district want the same thing — a good school system that produces well-educated kids. We understand there are many different ideas on how to achieve that goal. However, when the board declines to even hear a reasonable move to achieve this goal, progress is stymied.

The district has put forward a good faith effort to answer reasonable questions from the board and if anyone on the board has further questions, we expect those questions will be answered as well.

However, once the questions have been answered, the board must make its decision without further delay.