EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - After a deadlocked vote, some East Feliciana Parish School Board members abruptly left a meeting causing it to end.
The board was split five to five on a vote to reduce enrollment at Slaughter Community Charter School (SCC).
Some of the board members apparently left the meeting after that vote, and the remaining board members could not proceed.
The board has not mentioned the next step, which means for not the new school planned to be built this summer is even further delayed.
Since it opened five years ago, SCC has climbed from a "D" on the state report card to a high "B." Board members secured an $8 million USDA loan for a new school to be built on the same property.
Construction on the new school was supposed to start this summer. However, it was halted because of a feud between the school and the school board over student enrollment.
Glen LeDoux, president of the SCC School Board, said when the charter was established, the contract with the parish included an enrollment of 385 students. The parish is now trying to cut that number to 292. If that happens, LeDoux said the school would have to start from scratch.