Claiborne Parish severs historical agreement with Junction City

Claiborne Parish, La., officials announced Tuesday their intention of scrapping the 70-plus-year agreement that allows Louisiana students to attend school in Junction City, according to minutes of the most recent Junction City School Board meeting.

The agreement was historically put into place to ease travel frustrations for students in the Claiborne Parish School District but living closer to the Junction City School District, JCSD Superintendent Danny Thomas told the News-Times in May 2012 when CPSD first revealed their budgeting issues.

Although the Intergovernmental Agreement was extended another year at that time, an estimated $1.5 million debt (tallied in May 2012) prompted Louisiana officials to sever the agreement effective at the end of this school year.

Officials last met in September 2012 when CPSD Superintendent Janice Williams said she would need to wait until student population estimates were available the next month before she could make a decision about continuing the agreement.

More in tomorrow’s News-Times.

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