Posted: Oct 10, 2013 10:28 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Oct 10, 2013 10:28 AM
BATON ROUGE - A group originally formed to opposed a breakaway school district in East Baton Rouge Parish scheduled a meeting tonight to discuss the proposed incorporation of the southern portion of the parish into a new city called St. George.
The group "One Community, One School District" scheduled a public meeting for 6:30 p.m. At the Bluebonnet Library in Baton Rouge.
The group said they plan to discuss how the proposed incorporation of St. George, which would cover much of the southern part of the parish, would affect taxes and public schools in the rest of the parish. They also planned to discuss attempts by the state to take over Mayfair and Delmont Elementary Schools, which have been trying to deal with low performance issues.
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The move to incorporate the southern portion of the parish came after two failed attempts at creating a breakaway school district within the same boundaries proposed for St. George. Opponents to the move are concerned it would take away many revenue-generating businesses, including shopping centers like the Mall of Louisiana. Supporters have said those businesses can make the St. George area self-sustaining.
Incorporation supporters must collect more than 18,000 signatures for residents to vote whether they want to create a new city.
News 2's Michael Shingleton will have more on the situation tonight.