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Baton Rouge charter school being investigated for litter

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Posted: Jul 19, 2010 10:40 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Jul 20, 2010 5:10 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: litter, signs, Kenilworth, charter, school, Baton Rouge, Gardere, illegal, permit

A charter school in Baton Rouge is under investigation for littering.

The Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School posted recruitment signs across the south end of the parish, but parish leaders say they are illegal.

Residents in the Gardere and Kenilworth areas of Baton Rouge have only found these signs for the Kenilworth Charter School annoying.

"We've gotten several complaints, from several people, repeatedly," said East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilman Smokie Bourgeois.

Bourgeois says the signs are a distraction to drivers, and "it's another form of litter is what it is."

It's also been a problem for the East Baton Rouge Parish School District.

School Board member Noel Hammatt said, "I get calls, people wanting to know why I'm putting up signs for Kenilworth, which is a school in my district and of course I have to explain to them first, that it's not under our control, it comes under the Recovery School District."

But the biggest problem with these signs and for the school is that parish law says it's illegal. The city says there's no permit for them.

A majority of them are too close to the street and outside the lines allowed for signs. The principal of the school says a parent volunteer group is behind the signs and neither he, nor the group, knew it was wrong.

"We wanted to promote enrollment coming from the neighborhood elementary schools," said Principal Cuneyt Dokman. "We were not aware we were not supposed to put those signs by the roads."

Now that the school does know, Bourgeois wants them to show it.

"I would like very much for them to go out there this evening or in the morning, early, and pick up all their signs," said Bourgeois. "And if they wanna put out signs, they need to get a permit and put it out there correctly."

The city says if it has to pick up the signs, the school faces a litter court fine of almost $120 per sign.

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