BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge School Board voted to reduce the number of board members from 11 to 9 seats, but not all think it's a great idea to save money and better govern parish schools. The NAACP is suing, alleging that the board moved to quickly without input.
“Everything that they did was in conflict with Louisiana law,” said Alfreda Bester general counsel for the NAACP. “The people did not have an adequate opportunity to voice their concerns about what the six members of the school board were doing.”
Bester claims the board did not follow proper procedure, and said they didn't give people of the parish enough time to make a decision of this importance.
Also Craig Freeman, a member of the board, now lives in Oklahoma. The lawsuit also touches on that stating:
“Because Mr. Freeman's seat was VACANT, he was not authorized to vote on the reapportionment/redistricting of the EBRPSB, which means the vote was a 5-5 tie, and therefore, failed.
The NAACP said the bottom line is you're shrinking the voices of the people.
“This just lessens the opportunity for people to have access to their board members and that's not what we want we want all of the voices in this community heard,” said Bester.