A St. George school district? Here are some hurdles it would face

A St. George school district? Here are some hurdles it would face


IN JUST A FEW WEEKS THOUSANDS OF EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH VOTERS WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO CREATE A NEW CITY IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE PARISH. AS NBC LOCAL 33’S HARRISON GOLDEN TELLS US… EVEN IF VOTERS AGREE TO ESTABLISH SAINT GEORGE A NEW PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT IS NOT A SURE THING. 3 THE SAINT GEORGE EFFORT STARTED YEARS AGO WITH A PREMISE TO SPIN OFF FROM STRUGGLING EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOLS.”In a state that’s ranked dead last in the country in education. If you think what’s working right now is actually wrong, you’re sorely mistaken.”BUT FOR A NEW SCHOOL DISTRICT THE OCTOBER 12TH VOTE ON SAINT GEORGE THE CITY IS BUT ONE STEP. IF THE VOTE PASSES THE LEGISLATURE MUST AGREE ON STATE EDUCATION FUNDING, TAXING AUTHORITY AND A DISTRICT MAP. THEN THE SCHOOL ISSUE MUST THEN GO TO E-B-R VOTERS. THE EARLIEST THAT COULD HAPPEN IS NEXT NOVEMBER. THE EARLIEST A NEW DISTRICT COULD START IS JULY 2021.”Tremendous opportunity, but a great responsibility. If it doesn’t start out right, it takes a lot of work to clean it up”MICHAEL FAULK WAS THE FIRST HEAD OF CENTRAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDED AFTER VOTERS THERE FORMED A CITY MORE THAN A DECADE AGO.”If you don’t come out of the gate the right way, then you don’t get the intended consequences that you were hoping for.”HE SAYS CAPACITY COULD POSE AN ISSUE. THE SIX SCHOOLS WITHIN SAINT GEORGE’S TENTATIVE BOUNDARIES CURRENTLY ENROLL FEWER STUDENTS THAN WOULD BE SERVED IN THE NEW DISTRICT. THEN THERE ARE THE TWO-THOUSAND SAINT GEORGE KIDS CURRENTLY ENROLLED OUTSIDE THE PROPOSED CITY LIMITS. THEY WOULD HAVE TO SWITCH SCHOOLS.”If you form a new school system, you’re going to have an immediate influx and transfer of people. You’re going to have to have people sitting down and looking at what you have, planning for the steps that are going to have to take place.”SAINT GEORGE ORGANIZERS SAY THEY’RE OPEN TO IDEAS ON EASING ANY TRANSITIONS TOUTING THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH E-B-R SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT WARREN DRAKE AS STRONGER THAN EVER. AND AS FAR AS FUNDING THEY SAY SALES AND PROPERTY TAXES WOULD LEND ENOUGH MONEY FOR IMPROVEMENTS. FOR YLEH, I’M HG. 3 IF APPROVED… 86-THOUSAND PEOPLE WOULD LIVE IN THE CITY OF SAINT GEORGE. THAT WOULD INCLUDE ROUGHLY FIVE-THOUSAND STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. 3 3

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