Louisiana school board may stop Landry/Walker merger

Friday, May 31, 2013

Inching past the 11th hour, a committee of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted Wednesday to consider delaying or stopping an unpopular merger between the West Bank high schools L.B. Landry and O. Perry Walker, two months before students are supposed to start.

BESE staff members will present options for the board to consider at its full meeting in June.

The schools have been scheduled to merge since 2011, when BESE and the Orleans Parish School Board approved amendments to the New Orleans school building master plan.

For more than three hours on Wednesday evening, it was the same faces and arguments, the same repetition of "Let Landry be Landry, and let Walker be Walker," the same rousing, stand-up singalong of the L.B. Landry school song.

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