Judge grants injunction for teen to attend Central
BATON ROUGE - A judge granted a temporary injunction Friday ordering Central Schools to allow a young girl to attend classes while a lawsuit over her residency status continues through the court system.
Billy and Tonya Burkette sued the school district after administrators said their 14-year-old daughter had to be taken out of classes shortly into the school year because the family did not live in the district's boundaries.
The Burkettes say they do have a residence in Central, and the school is referring to property associated with their family business. Judge Todd Hernandez said in his order there was enough evidence to show the teen lived inside the school district's boundaries, but said ultimately the issue of residency still has to be decided.
Superintendent Michael Faulk told News 2 that parents in Central asked the school board to be more aggressive in excluding students based on their residential status.
Hernandez said a final ruling should come "promptly" since the teen has been out of school since Aug. 20.