Gordon Parks school reopens

Gordon Parks Elementary School re-opened its doors this morning, welcoming about 80 students to its kindergarten through second grade classes.

The state closed the school suddenly at the end of the last school year by revoking its charter, but a state judge ruled three weeks ago that the school could reopen.

Gordon Parks board president Doug Curry called this a “joyous” day, saying the school was able to fully staff the school in the three weeks since it got the favorable court ruling.

He said today the school will be asking for help from the community to continue its work with students from low-income backgrounds. He said the school needs about 100 active volunteers to serve as mentors, to read to kids and help with math, among other things. He said the school will also be asking the community for monetary support.

The state Board of Education could still appeal the judge’s ruling that allowed Gordon Parks to reopen, but Curry said he hopes that will not happen.

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