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Forest Hill Neighborhood School (1983)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Forest Hill, Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-10-07

Duration: 00:05:12

Subjects: Education | Forest Hill Elementary School (Forest Hill, La.) | School integration. | Desegregation | Community schools


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Holloway, Clyde Interviewee
  • Nash, Olivia Interviewee
  • Holloway, Rebecca Interviewee


This segment from the October 7, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings’ visit to the new Forest Hill Neighborhood School in Rapides Parish. Ekings reports that the parents in Forest Hill opened their own community school following Judge Nauman Scott’s order to close Forest Hill Elementary School in 1980 as a part of his desegregation plan for Rapides Parish. Ekings interviews Clyde Holloway, a parent leader, who discusses the neighborhood school’s use of the elementary school’s facilities and the parents encouraging black students in the area to attend their school. She also interviews parent Olivia Nash, who discusses the importance of sending her child to a neighborhood school. Lastly, Ekings interviews student Rebecca Holloway, who discusses what she misses about her old school. Host: Beth Courtney