Those opposed to St. George incorporation continue fight

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 3:36pm

Supporters of the St. George incorporation movement are halfway to the 18,000 signatures they need to get a hearing on the ballot, which has only fueled the fight for those against the incorporation.

"We're not going to let it go. We're not going to let them have those signatures easy anymore so they're going to have to work hard for the next bunch," said Michelle Hummel, a supporter of the unified school district.

Those standing against the incorporation effort said the new city, just doesn't make sense, especially when it comes to dividing the school system.

"Every child who doesn't fit the center mold, the ones who need the exceptionalities and special services on one end, and the ones who desire it to get ahead on the other are not going to be served," explained Hummel.

The fight was born out of the failed movement to create a breakaway school district from East Baton Rouge Parish. Angelle Bradford is a product of that school system and said it is better off without a break-away.

"With the St. George area it will be 75% white and I think that that's a bit unfortunate because it leaves us all in a bind to try to socially engage and learn from one another. And also it will place a lot of students in schools they didn't begin in," explained Bradford.

Despite growing support, those against the incorporation have said they are not going anywhere, and their fight will continue.

"I will say we'll have to work harder to get our message across because there's a lot of misinformation, a lot of misconception going on and I don't think those that are necessarily signing are aware of what they're signing to or signing for," explained Bradford.

The group pushing for St. George incorporation needs 18,000 signatures from voters in the proposed new city. That will get the issue of incorporation on the ballot, voters would still have to decide to vote it in during a regular election.

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