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EBRSB renews contract for Inspire Charter Academy, but wants to see improvements

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The future of more than 600 students in Baton Rouge was up for debate Thursday night at the East Baton Rouge School Board meeting.

The contract for Inspire Charter Academy, which is located on Foster Drive, was up for renewal. 

The school started in 2010, but school board members said they were disappointed the school had not shown more improvement.

The school has had a "D" rating for the last few years.  

Ultimately, the board approved a renewal, but members made it clear they want to see changes.

"Charter schools are supposed to be a place of experimental work, areas free from bureaucracy and areas where things can be done differently to improve," said Michael Gaudet, a school board member. "And that has not been done here."

"I am not here to stand in front of you and say that we are at 100 percent level, but that's not it," said Principal Lorna Davis. “We know what we need to do."

The school's principal added there are plans in place to address the school's problems.

The school's contract was extended for three more years.

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