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Voucher program 'going well' at Sulphur school

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The first indicators are coming out regarding the controversial state voucher program implemented by the Louisiana State Department of Education.

The voucher program allows students enrolled in C, D or F schools to go to their private school of choice. 

Two schools in Calcasieu Parish were granted vouchers from the Department of Education: Our Lady's School in Sulphur and St. Theodore Holy Family Catholic School in Moss Bluff.

The first quarter of the school year is over, meaning grades are in, and schools are assessing how the voucher system is working.

Trevor Donnelly, principal of Our Lady's School, says the vouchers have been very beneficial to his school. Nine of the 204 students at the school are attending on vouchers. 

Donnelly says the transition for some of the students was difficult, but the school is working with each of those students to make the transition easier, including providing extra tutoring if needed.

The identity of the students is not made known to their fellow classmates, something Donnelly said is very important on his campus.

But he added that the voucher program isn't perfect. In the future he says he'd like to see it made available to other students outside of the C, D or F schools, such as those students being home schooled.

We'll have much more on the story on later editions of 7 News.

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