Proposed School Board redistricting maps available to public Saturday

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will hold after-hours sessions to allow parish residents the chance to look at and get answers to questions about five proposed new maps of School Board election districts.

The proposals would shrink the 11-member board to anywhere from seven to 10 members.

The School Board introduced the five maps on June 5 and plans to vote on them July 24.

The board will hold the first public viewing of the maps from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. It will hold a second viewing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 9. Both will take place next to the School Board Office at the Instructional Resource Center, 1022 S. Foster Drive. Dannie Garrett with Redistricting LLC will be on hand to answer any questions.

The five maps, dubbed “Reapportionment Plan Proposals,” are viewable on the school system’s homepage. Supporters of shrinking the board say it would make it more efficient and would save money. Opponents say the idea is politically driven, unnecessary and would lead to larger districts that board members would less effective in representing.

If approved, the new districts would be in effect for the Nov. 4 School Board election. Qualifying takes place Aug. 20-22.

If rejected, the board will proceed with the 11-member plan it approved in November 2012. That plan is also available for viewing at www.ebrschools.org.