New attendance lines displace Shreveport students

By Marquel Sennet |

Published 05/14 2014 09:40PM

Updated 05/14 2014 10:18PM

Forced changes by the state will bring major changes to thousands of Caddo Parish students. New attendance lines will displace students in the fall.

Stephanie Bishop's second grader won't be attending Creswell Elementary in the fall.

“Why don't I have a choice in it?"

She received a letter in the mail from Caddo Parish School's attendance office. Her son will have to attend Barrett Academy next school year.

"I was kind of mad because all of my son's friends and he knows all of his teachers. He has had a relationship with them since kindergarten."

Parents tell NBC 6 News they're upset because right now they live within walking distance to Creswell, while Barrett is a bus ride away for some of them."

Bishop says, “I don't know where the school is. I've never heard of it."

Christopher Turner was unaware of the changes until he started enrolling his three year old son. That’s when he was notified he now lived in the Barett attendance zone.

The changes have been confusing for some parents. The new lines split right down the middle of the street Turner lives on.

Turner says, “We were very upset because we didn't get any information in the mail nor were we told anything,"

He later found out it was a mistake and he remains in the same attendance zone, so his children will be able to attend Creswell next year. However Bishop didn't receive the same news. Now her son's new school is a 20 minute walk away.

Fair Park and Woodlawn High School seventh graders will also be placed at new schools. Parents should have received a letter from the district about the changes or they can call the attendance office. If you haven’t received a letter you most likely don’t have anything to worry about.

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