Bay District Schools Requests Another Year to Work on Improving Oscar Patterson Elementary School

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - In recent months many people voiced concerns about the future of Oscar Patterson Elementary School after they failed to meet state academic requirements. Bay District School officials have not extensively spoken about their plans for some time.

Thursday they announced how they plan to fight for the school's future. The district filed a lawsuit against the Florida Department of Education and DEO in response to House Bill 7069 that deals with "turn around schools" like Oscar Patterson. 

As of now the bill requires the district to choose a course of action regarding the school, either close it at the end of the year or move forward with charter initiative options. Superintendant Bill Husfelt is against both and said the closure would cause problems with the federal court order the district is under regarding segregation as well as cause damage to the school and community. They are now asking the court to give the district one more year before they are forced to make a decision. 

"We feel really positive about what's going on there now. We've got early testing data from what has happened just this month and we are seeing some very positive trends. We believe we are going to be able to turn this school around and start showing growth and improvement and that's what we believe the courts will allow us to do, we want one more year," said superintendent Bill Husfelt. 

Lawyers filed a new motion for  injunctive relief Tuesday.

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