Posted: Jul 24, 2014 10:30 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jul 25, 2014 8:56 AM
BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish School Board members refused to leave Thursday's meeting before making a decision on whether or not to eliminate the number of seats on the board.
About six hours after the meeting began, the board voted to eliminate two seats and move forward with nine board members. Other options, which were vetoed earlier in the meeting, would have eliminated as many as four seats on the school board. Currently, there are eleven members.
"We can do more with a smaller board. It's an essential step to get a great superintendent. This is the best step," member Craig Freeman said.
"I'm excited about the potential change," another member, Connie Bernard, added. "It's much more efficient and respectful of public's time."
The NAACP, along with both Republicans and Democrats, have voiced opposition to eliminating the number of positions. It is likely the NAACP will file a lawsuit over Thursday's late-night change to the board.
The NAACP has suggested a small board leaves it susceptible to segregation and fewer minorities being elected.
In the Fall, voters will decide on electing people to nine school board districts.
Follow the publisher of this post on Twitter: @treyschmaltz