For the second time in as many years, state lawmakers shot down legislation designed to pave the way to carve out a new school district in the southeast corner of East Baton Rouge Parish.
Once again, state Sen. Bodi White’s efforts to put before Louisiana voters the issue of creating the breakaway district went down in flames in the recently concluded legislative session.
According to the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, one of the main reasons legislators balked at White’s bill is the fact that it calls for the creation of a community school system for an area arbitrarily delineated by Interstate highways (I-10 and I-12) and parish borders, rather than encapsulating a bona fide traditional community.
White, along with Norman Browning, president of the pro-breakaway-district organization Local Schools for Local Children, theorizes that one way to get around that obstacle is by incorporating the capriciously hewn zone.
“If this is what the people want, [incorporation] is an avenue to do it,” Browning said. As for what to call the hypothesized city, Browning said, “Maybe we’ll have a fun contest: Name the city.”
Since incorporating would require 25% of the area’s adult residents to sign a petition and the approval of a majority of them voting in a special election called by the governor, and the school district would subsequently need to be approved by 2/3 of the legislature and a majority of statewide voters, we figured the least we could do is come up with a proper name for the city that Browning and White are discussing creating solely to establish a school district separate from the rest of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
With that in mind, we’re asking you …
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