Viewpoint: December 17, 2008 - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Viewpoint: December 17, 2008

Another private school in East Baton Rouge Parish has been forced to close because of financial reasons. Millerville Academy's owner admitted his budget couldn't pay the bills. Teachers resigned saying promises made have been promises broken. Parents were being asked for financial help beyond what they had already paid for tuition.

Three years ago, a similar thing happened at the private Lake Sherwood Academy on Coursey. Some of the students there transferred to Millerville when Lake Sherwood was forced to close. These sudden school closings, which can come as a surprise to parents and students, have an enormous impact. Parents must suddenly find a new school that meets their child's needs.

Non-public or private schools certainly have their place and we are fortunate to have some strong schools in our area. But while the state has no control over these schools, we believe these schools need to establish and self-impose an important oversight regarding financial viability. Some private schools already have that practice in place. We think it's important that parents know the school they choose can properly educate their children and run a financially sound business.
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