Parents search for answers on school closure

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 1:30pm

Parents packed into the Scotlandville library searching for answers on where their kids will go to school and how they will get there, all less than 24 hours from the start of school.

Over a hundred in all showed up, looking for clarification on what the situation is for the start of the school year at Crestworth Learning Academy.

"They heard it was closed, no card for transportation, not sure how it would go on campus," said Pat McCallister-LeDuff, who organized the meeting.

To sort through the issues, the Community Against Drugs and Violence group called together parents and officials with the Recovery School District that runs the school, to straighten things out.

"We wanted to get info out to as many as possible and make sure parents understand so we can have a great start to the year," said Dana Peterson, with the Recovery School District.

Confusion started because Crestworth is banned from acting as a school until it takes care of several significant fire code violations. The state fire marshal said violations included exit doors chained shut, and smoke alarms not working.

"We're hopeful no longer than 60 days, and we can get kids back in at appropriate time," Peterson said.

The fire marshal says inspections were done on July 6, but the RSD said they didn't realize Crestworth wouldn't be ready until last week. When they sent out letters to parents, many were returned to sender.

"Different rumors going around, calls of have you heard, do you know," McCallister-LeDuff said of the confusion she noticed from parents.

Crestworth’s students will now attend Glen Oaks Middle. Transportation will be provided for the students and the schools will remain separated, but extra security will be on hand.

"This is absolutely a temporary co-location," said Peterson.

The first day of school is Wednesday. A follow-up meeting will be held on the 28th.

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