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RPSB committee meetings: no plans to reformat attendance zones

Although the District 62 Committee discussed the process of re-formatting attendance zones, no motions or plans to re-zone are currently on the table.
Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 3:11 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2022 at 10:37 PM CST
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The Rapides Parish School Board held committee meetings on Tuesday, January 17, 2022.

The finance committee discussed possible action on redistricting board member voting districts, going off of data gathering during the 2020 census.

The school board must make changes to the districts in order to meet federal guidelines. The board settled on two options for redistricting, both will be voted on at the next meeting. The first option will involve adopting new district lines that are equitable. The second option involves the elimination of a zone and creating a board member at a large position. Both options would put the districts within federal guidelines.

Although the District 62 committee discussed the process of reformatting attendance zones, no motions or plans to rezone are currently on the table.

“The fact that we have open enrollment in Rapides Parish for high schools, parents can send their kids to any high school that they want to as long as they provide transportation,” said RPSB Superintendent Jeff Powell. “So, that has allowed for a lot of equity across our district, children get to choose that paths they want, what programs they want to be a part of. So, again there’s no motion on the agenda to adjust any of those things right now.”

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