PLAQUEMINE — The Iberville Parish School Board approved four proposed redistricting plans Monday night for public review that would shrink the 15-member board to nine members.
The School Board set a public hearing on the four proposals for Dec. 9,when board members are expected to adopt a plan that will take effect for the 2014 School Board elections.
The four redistricting proposals will be available on the School District’s website for 20 days for the public to review.
The board whittled down 12 redistricting proposals from Redistricting LLC during a discussion Monday between board members about which proposals should be presented to the public.
“Are we only going to put out there for public notice what gets a majority vote?” board member Darlene Ourso asked. “If you only put out one (or two) maps we’re not giving the public a true opportunity to view them.”
Ourso said she hadn’t reviewed all the redistricting proposals herself because board members were still being presented with new options as of Monday morning.
Board member Brian Willis told Ourso that presenting the public with fewer options seemed more logical, especially since a parish resident who attended Monday night’s meeting complained to the board she believed the public would get confused if presented with too many options.
The board’s reduction is being driven by a 2010 law mandating the board have eight single-member districts and one at-large member.
The law was presented to the Legislature for approval by former state Sen. Rob Marionneaux, D-Grosse Tete.
PERFORMANCE SCORES: School district officials presented the board with Iberville Parish’s 2013 District Performance Scores from the Louisiana Department of Education.
Overall, the district improved from a D letter grade rating in 2012 to a C grade in 2013, according to the state’s 2013 report released last week.
Officials said a majority of the district’s schools also saw letter grade increases in 2013 with most of its D-rated schools moving up to C grades.
“In two years, Iberville Parish could be a B school district,” Willis said. “We were once so bad it was embarrassing. But everything is working fine now.
“We have programs in place, some of which I was against, and things are really coming together.”