School Board’s turn to redraw district lines
The commission presented four options to the School Board during November and December meetings. The board is required to redraw its district boundaries every 10 years based on U.S. Census data to ensure equal representation in all districts.
A public hearing on the redistricting will be held on Jan. 18 at 5:45 p.m.
The four proposed reapportionment alternatives can be viewed online at www.stcharles.k12.la.us, at the School Board central office during regular office hours and at the East and West Regional libraries.
One option will provide as little change as possible for the parish while still providing minor adjustments to account for shifts in the minority population. Other options will increase the concentration of minorities in certain areas, but would manipulate the current districts quite a bit.
"All of them would work, it’s just a matter of what you can tolerate," Belanger said. "Given the changes that some of the alternatives cause to the varying districts, many of the board members may feel like they’re too abrupt and they may want to minimize the amount of change."
Belanger said that a big piece of the initiative was to try to maintain the existing districts and not to pit existing board members against each other while still providing for minority representation.
Belanger also worked on the reapportionment for Parish Council districts earlier this year. He said that reworking the school district is much easier because there is an even number of representatives – eight at the school board compared to nine at the council.
"Nobody wants to go over the river," he said. "In the council’s plan, there was no getting around it – somebody had to.
"None of the school district’s alternatives have districts crossing the river."
The board hopes to adopt one of the plans after the January public hearing.
Belanger said that boards take the public’s opinion into consideration, in his experience.
"There are some things that you just can’t change based on the public’s comments because they aren’t knowledgeable on the demographics, but if they make a comment and it makes plausible sense…then it makes a lot of sense to make that change," Belanger said. "The public can – and has in the past – changed the plans."
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
Although Randall “Randy” Harvey had an idea he might be named Destrehan High School...
A St. Rose man has received a mandatory sentence of life in prison for the 2012...
After finishing last season 14-1 and losing a host of key players to graduation,...
Ashlyn Frahm is this year’s salutatorian for Destrehan High School (DHS)....
HBO is back in St. Charles Parish filming an eight-part series called “Quarry” that...
Your Sears Hometown Store offering appliances, mattresses, tools, lawn and garden supplies and more. Conveniently located in Boutte, Louisiana.
Hahnville's Ricky Preston signs with the Green Wave - 2258 views
Hahnville senior receiver Ricky Preston will continue his football career after signing with Tulane University.