1981 Ruby Lee Calhoun vs, Natchitoches Parish School Board
The mood was tense as the Natchitoches Parish School Board met Tuesday, June 20 at another special called meeting. The room was once again packed to capacity with principals, teacher and concerned citizens attending. Unlike the past few meetings, not all of the board members were present. Board members Metoyer and Graham did not attend. The meeting was called with three items to discuss – the first item, to receive and consider bids for the Marthaville Elementary/Jr High renovation project was withdrawn as the business office needed to contact “The one and only bidder” to resolve questions about the bid. The third item to consider was releasing Eric Smith, Lakeview Agriculture teacher, of his educational sabbatical obligation. It passed unanimously.
It was the second item of the night that drew the most interest, however. Mr. John Pierre, attorney for the plaintiffs in the 1981 Ruby Lee Calhoun vs, Natchitoches Parish School Board desegregation lawsuit made a presentation to the board concerning the unitary school petition. Mr. Pierre spoke at length about the various factors behind the suit that the judge will consider, such as student assignments and minority teacher recruitment and retention.
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