Breakaway school district voted down

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 5:50pm

It was a feeling of relief for those in favor of keeping the EBR school district intact.

"We think this is the right thing for all EBR Parish," said Belinda Davis, with One Community, One School District. "Very grateful for the consideration the House gave this bill."

This after the House of Representatives voted down a constitutional amendment that would've provided funding for a proposed breakaway district in the southeastern part of the parish.

"I think it's important to understand that they need to find four more votes and right now they don't have four from those who voted with us," said Rep. Patricia Smith (D) Baton Rouge, who is against the breakaway. "I believe we'll be OK."

The bill fell just four votes shy of two-thirds majority needed for a constitutional amendment. Senator Bodi White (R) Baton Rouge, spent Wednesday working the House floor, drumming up support for the bill he sponsored.

"It's not dead," White said. "One more bite at the apple. We had a prevailing vote. We can run it one more time between now and Saturday."

White said there's talk of actually creating a new city in southeast Baton Rouge Parish, showing the determination of those pushing for a breakaway school district.

"If that's what it takes to pass, they may look at it in the future, like we did in Central," White said. "I'm not encouraging them to do that."

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