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BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School District is discussing a plan to expand school attendance zones and create more options for students.

Under the plan, the district would create four regional zones of schools. Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor will lead a meeting tonight to discuss the new program.

"The most important thing we can do is offer them quality education options," said Taylor. "Whether it be throughout the parish or close to home."

The new options may include digital media and filmmaking courses, foreign languages and others. Parent Lynette Jackson says while the education options are good, they should be available at all schools.

"We don't want to be bussed around town or on the other side of town," said Jackson. "We want our schools to work for us as they have worked in the past."

Tonight's meeting is at Capitol Elementary. Other meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Scotlandville Magnet, Wednesday at Woodlawn High School and 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Glen Oaks High School.

The meetings are open to the public. All findings collected during the week will be shared with the School Board.

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