Istrouma High alumni create petition to keep school open

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Istrouma High School alumni have started a petition to keep their school open.

This comes after the Recovery School District announced Tuesday that the school will be closing next year and re-opened as a charter school in 2015. Students will be sent to Capitol High School.

"We don't believe it's a good idea to close the school," says Faith Ashton, the organizer of the petition and a 2003 graduate.  "We don't believe it's productive for Istrouma which has been around 96 years and has a history of producing excellence. We don't think it's in the best interest of the community or the students."

The petition was created Tuesday night. So far, there are more than 220 signatures.

Ashton is asking all alumni and supporters to go to to sign the petition or to their Facebook page "IHS Alumni Family."

The goal is to get 1,000 signatures and take it to RSD officials, EBR Superintendent Bernard Taylor, Mayor Kip Holden and other elected officials.

"We feel like the RSD is just closing down community schools and students are being tossed to the wayside and we don't want to see that happen to Istrouma," Ashton says.

A rally is also being planned, but the exact date is not known at this time.

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