Sharpton reportedly scheduled to lead rally Monday

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Rev. Al Sharpton is reportedly scheduled to speak in Plaquemine Monday at a rally in protest of the planned closure of North Iberville High School.

The Rev. Al Sharpton is reportedly scheduled to speak Monday at a Plaquemine rally to protest the planned closure of North Iberville High School.

The rally will mark the continued opposition by public officials, residents and clergy to the planned closure of North Iberville High School in Rosedale.

The rally is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, and proceed to the grounds near the Iberville Parish School Board Central Office.

The School Board voted 8-7 last month to close North Iberville High School. The measure came at the recommendation of Superintendent of Schools Dr. P. Edward Cancienne, who said that the school did not have the necessary resources to guarantee a quality education to the 120 students attending grades 7-12 at the school.

The school has been plagued by high dropout rates, dwindling enrollment and low scores on standardized testing.

Following the vote, organizers have filed a lawsuit seeking a halt to the planned closure of the school. In addition, voters are seeking a recall of board member David "Worm" Daigle, who represents part of the North Iberville school district.

Daigle cast the deciding vote to close North Iberville.

Under the new plans, the remaining students would be bussed to Plaquemine High School, forcing a bus ride of nearly one-hour one way each day.