OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - Low test scores led to the closing of Creswell Elementary in May, but the school will reopen in August as the site of a virtual high school and a second-chance program for over-aged fifth-graders.
In a move designed to prevent takeover of the school by the Recovery School District, the St. Landry Parish School Board opted to close Creswell and reassign its students to nearby Park Vista Elementary, which rated higher on state accountability standards.
The Advocate reports the Creswell site will become the Center for Academic Programs and serve students in a computer-based virtual school program. The instruction will be offered to 120 over-aged fifth-graders in St. Landry, enabling them to complete the fifth and sixth grades in one year to catch up academically with their peers.