Senate approves new school district in Southeast EBR Parish

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - After a one hour debate late Wednesday, the Louisiana Senate approved legislation that would set up a new school district in southeast Baton Rouge.

People living in the Shenandoah and Woodlawn areas of Baton Rouge want to leave and form their own district called the Southeast Baton Rouge School District (SEBR).

The new district is one step closer and it could be up to the voters in a statewide vote in the fall. It would include a total of 10 schools.

State Sen. Bodie White, R-Baton Rouge, said if everything goes well, the new school district would be ready to go in the fall of 2013. Around 6,500 students would be affected by the change.

This was a two-bill package. SB299 is a constitutional amendment to grant the Southeast Baton Rouge community school system in East Baton Rouge Parish the same authority granted parishes relative to MFP funding and raising revenue for schools. That bill and its amendments passed with a 29-7 vote.

Senate Bill 563 creates and provides for the Southeast Baton Rouge Community School Board and school system in East Baton Rouge Parish. The bill passed with a vote of 30-8.

If the legislation wins final approval in the House, voters will get the last say on Nov. 6.

The legislation needs majority approval statewide and in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The 10 schools that would be placed in the new Southeast Baton Rouge Community School System are:

  • Cedarcrest Elementary
  • Jefferson Terrace Elementary
  • Parkview Oaks Elementary
  • Shenandoah Elementary
  • Wedgewood Elementary
  • Westminister Elementary
  • Woodlawn Elementary
  • Southeast Middle
  • Woodlawn Middle
  • Woodlawn High

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