Posted: Jan 16, 2014 10:15 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Jan 17, 2014 7:10 AM
BATON ROUTE - School Board members voted Thursday night to fix an overcrowding problem in Baton Rouge elementary schools. The board passed new attendance zones for Woodlawn and Jefferson Terrace Elementary Schools.
The changes were passed with an amendment to phase students out gradually. If your student already goes to that school, they are grandfathered in.
"You have to look at available space," said Superintendent Bernard Taylor. "You have to look where you can accommodate growth and try to keep kids as close to home as possible."
Some students at Woodlawn will move to Jefferson Terrace and some students at Jefferson Terrace will move to Westminster Elementary, with the move.
The board also agreed to plan a foreign language program at Polk Elementary and open Brookstown as a middle school. It would reassign students who are currently assigned to Woodlawn, Southeast, Westdale and Glasgow Middle Schools.
The new zones go into effect next school year.