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Baton Rouge unity group opposes school board reductions

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Posted: Jul 16, 2014 10:12 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Jul 17, 2014 8:55 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Baton Rouge, leaders, school board members, East Baton Rouge School, One Community One School District, opposition, reducing members, discrimination, Ryan Naquin, Tania Nyman, Lionel Rainey, Breakaway

BATON ROUGE - Leaders are at odds over reducing the number school board members to increase productivity.

Wednesday, The One Community One School District announced its opposition to the proposed measure. The group believes reducing members could cut black board members out of the equation and create discrimination.

One Community One School District Vice President Tania Nyman asked, "What is the result of the proposal? Will it have the effect on discriminating on people based upon race or class?" "That is just the numbers and that is just the reality," Nyman said.

Next week, school board members will vote on the possible reduction measure that could shrink their membership to as many as seven members. Other options including a ten, nine and eight-member board.

"For one, we believe that is going to make it much more difficult for those school board members to advocate on behalf of their constituents," Nyman said. "The seven district proposal would make the school districts comparable to a state house district."

If all proposed redistricting maps are rejected, the eleven-member plan approved in 2012 after the 2010 U.S. Census remains in effect.

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