CPSB passes resolution against "halfway" house near school

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish School Board passed a resolution in opposition of the placement of a "halfway" house near J. J. Johnson Elementary School in Lake Charles.

The U. S. Bureau of Prisons proposed to build the house on Cline Street which is just 500 feet from the school.

The resolution asks the Federal Bureau of Prisons to reconsider their proposal for the safety of the children.

School board members argued that the proposed location for the "halfway" house is too close to school.

"We understand a halfway house is needed, but not near a school," said Joe Andrepont, president of Calcasieu Parish School Board.

Parents in attendance also voiced their concerns at Tuesday night's meeting.

"I'm not saying they shouldn't have a halfway house, but they need to have a particular area for that," said Debra Ramirez, a parent at the meeting. "This way they could still have the house somewhere else and the school children can be protected also."

Superintendent Wayne Savoy also sent a separate letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons asking them not to build the halfway house near the school.

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