BATON ROUGE, LA — Parents, community leaders and business stakeholders are invited to attend a series of meetings and share input on planning Magnet Programs for three East Baton Rouge Parish School System schools. The input is part of the district Magnet Office’s process to apply for the federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Grant for a total of $12 to $20 million over three to five years.
The schools included in the grant with scheduled public forums this month are Magnolia Woods and Polk elementary schools and Broadmoor Middle School. Input is needed from the public on what characteristics are needed to create a vibrant, progressive Magnet Program at the schools.
Public forums are scheduled at 5:30 p.m. for the following schools at their sites:
Magnolia Woods Elementary School Tuesday, September 18
Broadmoor Middle School Wednesday, September 19
Polk Elementary School Thursday, September 27
Lee High School also is part of the grant application, but a public forum already was held at the school in June. Feedback from attendees who attended supported a program that included a strong Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum and visual performing arts theme. Other suggestions included a career academy, animation and digital media programs and a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) emphasis.
The MSAP Grant is a federally funded, competitive grant designed to assist school districts in creating Magnet Programs that will help reduce racial isolation, provide systemic academic growth and create quality access programs for students. If the district is successful, the funding begins in the fall of 2013.