Last Modified: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 4:57 PM
Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake, one of the area schools accepted into the Louisiana Scholarship Program, has not yet made a move to license the school.
Recent investigation by the American Press revealed that Eternity Christian did not have the required city occupational license to operate as a nonpublic school in Westlake.
Lonnie Smart, Westlake’s chief administrative officer, said that as of Tuesday the school had not filed for the license with the city. “But they could be doing their homework with the fire marshal and the health department,” he said.
The city of Westlake requires approval from the state Fire Marshal’s Office and the Department of Health and Hospitals before a nonpublic school or business can apply for an occupational license.
The fire marshal’s office has no record of the school on file.
Marie Carrier, founder of Eternity Christian Academy, was unavailable for comment Tuesday. She said last week that she did not know the school needed an occupational license to operate in Westlake.
The school has been open in Westlake since September 2010.
Ileana Ledet, a spokesperson for the state Department of Education, said ECA has not dropped out of the voucher program and has not changed the number of students it estimates it can accept.
ECA was approved by the state to receive 135 voucher students for the 2012-2013 school year.
Ledet also said the Department of Education expects to have completed its “due diligence” on the approved schools within the next two weeks.
Posted By: Mel T. On: 6/20/2012
Title: Does the public smell a "rat"
Gee....sure seems like the best of Louisiana and Washington politics has hit close to home; plausable deinability at its best. Does anyone smell a "rat"?