Breakaway school district organizers to try to create new city in southeast EBR Parish
POSTED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 3:50pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 6:03pm
Baton Rouge, LA (NBC33) — East Baton Rouge Parish could become home to another new city.
A group has announced its intentions to incorporate a new city in the southeast corner of the parish, which they would call St. George.
The group, Local Schools for Local Children, initially formed to create a new school district. They brought bills before the state legislature each of the last two years that would form a district in the area bounded by Interstate 10, Interstate 12, and the Ascension Parish border. The bills passed through the Senate, but could not gain enough support in the House.
The sponsor of the legislation, Sen. Bodi White (R-Central), discussed the option of incorporation, mentioned that Central had watched its school district rise to the top of the state rankings after it was founded, and supporters of the southeast district immediately through their support behind the idea.
In an announcement on the group's Facebook page, Local Schools for Local Children said, "We couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to create a city and a school system from the ground up."
To incorporate, petitioners must obtain signatures from at least 25 percent of the voters within the proposed city's boundaries. Then the governor would put an initiative on the ballot, and people within the proposed city's boundaries would have to approve it with a majority vote.
More than 100,000 people would live in St. George, making it the fifth-largest city in Louisiana.