CPSB refuses to provide transportation for charter schools

CPSB says "No" to providing transportation to charter schools

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - The Lake Charles Charter Academy Foundation Board wants the Calcasieu Parish School Board to provide school buses for the charter school students. But at the CPSB meeting Tuesday, July 10, many of the school board members rejected the Charter Foundation's request.

"We're going to talk about and negotiate actual cost, but that's after you're going to make a statement or something saying you're going to enter into an agreement," James Spruel Jr., Attorney for the Charter Foundation Board said about the request for school transportation.

"The current law says you must provide transportation services and you have the right to receive reimbursement of your actual cost," Spruel said.

Spruel wrote the letter demanding the board to agree and work with the charter school in providing buses for its students.

CPSB Board Member Mack Dellafosse said he felt they didn't have a choice but to go along with allowing transportation.

But that wasn't the case. After voting, a majority of the board members voted against working with the Charter Foundation. Dellafosse was one of three board members who voted to approve the transportation.

"If we're not losing any money and we're breaking even and you're allowing the convenience of parents to not have to take their kids to the charter school, then why not?" Dellafosse said.

Dellafosse said he believed many of the board members voted against supporting the request because they believe the charter schools are competing directly with public education.

But in the end, he said, the board should do what's best for the students of Calcasieu Parish.

"I think sometimes we as adults get in the way of what's right for kids. And I think the idea is to give transportation to kids to a school of their liking, especially if they're not going to schools that are considerably high performing schools," Dellafosse said.

He said a lawsuit will most likely be filed next, stating the Calcasieu Parish School Board failed to follow the law.

KPLC will keep you updated on this issue.

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