School Board approves moving NPTCC adjacent to CLTCC

The Natchitoches Parish School Board approved moving the Natchitoches Parish Technical and Career Center where it needs to be, which is right next to CLTCC. It just so happens that Natchitoches Central is building a building that has six classrooms, an office, and bathrooms for everyone and a tornado shelter and that building is right next to CLTCC so students would be able to do their first two years (freshman and sophomore year) on the campus and then they’d be able to do their junior and senior year at CLTCC in a dual enrollment setting.

Natchitoches Parish School Superintendent Dr. Grant Eloi said they would move the campus in January 2022 assuming that’s when they’re finished. Eloi added that he thinks they’re on schedule except for the winter storm.

This is something that only a few other districts in the state have access to. Eloi said he thinks this is something where there are resources at CLTCC that the district will never have. NPSB is already utilizing them for welding and instruction like that so this is building that relationship and making it more robust in letting students get an experience of post-secondary.

“I mean let’s be honest,” said Eloi. “A lot of times we throw a lot of money at our kids who are the gifted and gonna get tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships. This is one of the few times where we can really invest in our kids that are good kids with a bright future but they’re not interested in college and I think that’s very important because oftentimes we pay lip service that career and college are equal but when we look at our budget they’re not really equal because we’re paying a whole lot more for the college bound kids and I think it’s just time that we kind of realign those because if Covid has shown us anything it’s blue-collar workers are more essential than us guys with “doctor” in front of our name so that’s what this effort is about.”

In relation to the campus move, Eloi also mentioned that the district is planning to create a stand alone virtual program that will continue in perpetuity past the Covid pandemic that will take homebound students/expelled students and bring them into the virtual setting. This would also be for students who want to accelerate and for students who need to make things up. A bigger update is forthcoming as plans progress.

While NPTCC is still seen as an “alternative” school, it’s really a technical school. Taking struggling students out of the equation will help give all students more robust opportunities. This will also make NPTCC a true technical school. It also makes more sense to have these students on the campus near Natchitoches Central and CLTCC instead of where they’re currently located on the same campus at the Natchitoches Magnet School.

“We just feel like this is a win win for everyone involved,” said Eloi.


7 thoughts on “School Board approves moving NPTCC adjacent to CLTCC

  1. I believe that this is NOT a win win. As a student in NPTCC, I LOVE it there. It has helped me, and others so much, I went from f’s, to better grades, with one or two exceptions. How are you going to explain to all of us kids at NPTCC, That we have to squeeze into 6 Classrooms, Adjust to a new setting, and be expected for us to “do better”. Also, As one of the kids in NPTCC, There are a lot of us interesting in Graduating, and being successful. The school being small doesn’t affect anything. I love it here, sure not many kids are like me here, but I still have made so many friends here. All the expelled kids going virtual is a very idiotic move. The expelled kids might not even login, or might not do there work, and still fail. I strongly urge you to look at Pro’s, and cons, ask the students their opinion, the teachers, and the Parents most of all. I have to say, all of the teachers are the best teachers most of us have ever had. They encourage us to do our work, to actually have a future. Then you want to change it to a new school, new faces, new teachers, It’s very unfair.

  2. This is ridiculous!!! Going from a 14 classroom to a 6 classroom building doesn’t sounds good!!! How many jobs will be lost in this transition??? But most importantly how many kids will be lost in this transition??? Most kids go NPTCC to get away from Central and MR.GORDY!!! Mr. Benjamin has worked hard to get the school where it is now!!! Mr. Benjamin and his staff have graduated the kids that were thrown to the side and left out!!! And to do this to them is a slap in the face!!! This decision needs to be reconsider and voted on again!!!

  3. This is ridiculous!!! Going from a 14 classroom to a 6 classroom building doesn’t sounds good!!! How many jobs will be lost in this transition??? But most importantly how many kids will be lost in this transition??? Most kids go NPTCC to get away from Central and MR.GORDY!!! Mr. Benjamin has worked hard to get the school where it is now!!! Mr. Benjamin and staff have graduated the kids that were thrown to the side and left out!!! And to do this to them is a slap in the face!!! This decision needs to be reconsider and voted on again!!!

  4. What a slap in the face!! Wasn’t he recently principal of the year? Didn’t the school grow from an “F” to a “C”? Aren’t they one of the top alternative schools in the state? And you downgrade them to 6 classrooms? As a parent of a graduate of NPTCC, my child could not have gotten his high school diploma without Mr. B’s help. Grant Eloi, how do you know where these kids need to be? Do you even know how the program works? Have you ever even had a conversation with any of the kids that have graduated or are currently enrolled? I highly doubt it. It’s funny how you say they may not be interested in college, but you said they have to spend their junior and senior year at CLTCC for dual enrollment. My child wouldn’t have made it in dual enrollment, but I’m happy he has his high school diploma. Now he’s doing what he wants to do, WORK! Face the facts. A lot of kids will fail to graduate high school thanks to your underlying decision to put Magnet above NPTCC. Our kids matter, too!

  5. This makes no sense. So let’s take already struggling students and place them in a virtual setting. How many of the 300+ students that have graduated from NPTCC over the last few years were once told that they would never graduate? Most of them! Mr Benjamin works his tail off to make NPTCC the school that it has become and it’s a major slap in his face. Just don’t understand the reasoning behind this besides taking care of Magnet like they always have. SMH

  6. Anybody else see the flaws in this? They never gave a damn about our kids at NPTCC, and now they stick them in a small ass building just to appease Natchitoches Magnet. You guys are pitiful. That school, those kids, those staff members, and administrators deserve better.

  7. You call that a win win? Taking their campus down to 6 classrooms and 1 office??? That’s degrading! I wonder how Mr. Benjamin feels about this decision. There’s no way he’s okay with this. You take the best principal in the parish and give him 6 classrooms and an office to work with? What about all the staff members there now? How many will lose their jobs? That school graduated how many kids last year? And you want to downsize the campus? How will 100+ kids fit in 6 classrooms?? Oh, and you want to place expelled students in a virtual setting????? That is HILARIOUS! This is a disaster in the making.

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