Could parts of EBR School District break off to form new district?


POSTED: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 3:49pm

UPDATED: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 6:01pm

Outrage by parents continues over Wednesday night's School Board meeting. After a heated debate between parents and the board, many are standing up, walking out, and demanding the entire East Baton Rouge School Board be recalled.

Meanwhile, there's still no interim or permanent candidate to replace the outgoing Superintendent John Dilworth.

People at last night's meeting calling the school board useless; some even going as far to say they're destroying the education system in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Parents now want answers on who will lead the school system when Dilworth leaves and why the school board, who decides that, can't stop the fight among themselves.

Now, the board has set another meeting for the Feb. 15 to find an interim superintendent. John Dilworth's last day is the Feb. 24.

All the debate within the school board is enough for some schools in the district to say they want out.

State Senator Bodi White says he's looking into legislation that would put schools in a certain part of the parish in a new district.

It includes parts of the Shenandoah and Woodlawn neighborhoods. It's been in the works for some time, but Senator White says he wants to get legislation drafted this session.

He adds it's happened twice in the area and those districts are among the top in the state.

“We have two great examples the last two systems that formed a community school district is central community school district and Zachary community district - they're ranked in the top 5 in Louisiana,” White notes.

White says it's also a chance for children in that part of the parish to stay close to home and still get a public education.

We want to know what you think on this topic. Would you support part of EBR Parish breaking away and forming its own school district? Tell us your thoughts on the NBC33 Facebook page. Some of your comments will be used on our broadcast.

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At this point, I really hope that the southeast part of the parish is successful in breaking away from the existing EBR School Board. This new "Woodlawn" district would have the Zachary and Central districts as perfect examples to follow for success.

The EBR School Board has regressed over the decades to being the main joke of this area. Nobody can unify them into a directed successful effort. Politics is their main motivation, and the school children are mere pawns in their political board game.

I hope that the effort to separate the schools of the southeast part of the parish will be a done deal and soon. I am also thankful that my two children graduated out of EBR many years ago. I can only hope that their children will not be subject to the same idiotic shenanigans that I have witnessed around here for these many years.

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