(Editor’s Note: Evangeline Parish will appear before U.S. Magistrate Tucker Melancon on Monday, November 17, along with the U.S. Justice Department to present evidence in the desegregation case. Justice has asked the court to close Ville Platte High because it does not believe the parish is doing everything it can to improve educational opportunities at the school. The district will argue it is doing everything justice has asked it do and more. The judge will have to decide the future of the school. If it closes, the district proposes sending the high school population to Mamou High and Pine Prairie High. Justice’s proposal is to send all high school students to Pine Prairie, move Pine Prairie’s K through fourth population to Vidrine and Vidrine’s fourth through eighth grade population to Ville Platte High, which would become a middle school.)
I am a 1973 graduate of Ville Platte. It has been brought to my attention Ville Platte High will be closing. I could not believe the devastating news. I am no longer a resident of Ville Platte, but as a graduate of Ville Platte High, I could not sit back and not let my voice be heard about this situation.
I believe as a community, people, including myself, can come together and make some major changes that would help instead of hurting the community. Do what you can to prevent Ville Plate’s only public high school from closing. This is something that cannot happen without working together.
Darell J. Gallow