EBR board to look at Polk, Brookstown magnet programs

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has called a special discussion-only meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday to explore whether to create new magnet programs at Polk and Brookstown elementary schools that would start in the fall, and whether to redraw attendance lines for Woodlawn Elementary and two neighboring elementary schools.

The Polk proposal calls for expanding foreign language immersion programs in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese to the school. It also would slowly reassign the 227 students attending Polk to nearby Buchanan and University Terrace elementary schools, starting with next year’s kindergartners.

The proposed new programs at Polk are meant to augment similar programs at nearby Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet.

Brookstown, meanwhile, would be converted to a traditional middle school with an estimated 260 students alongside a new magnet program that would accommodate about 225 students.

The Career Academy, a charter school, uses the old Brookstown Elementary campus.

To free up space for future growth, Woodlawn Elementary would send 148 students to Jefferson Terrace Elementary, which in turn would prompt 78 Jefferson Terrace students moving to Westminster Elementary.

Thursday’s meeting is a workshop, meaning no votes are scheduled. Final votes would have to wait until the School Board’s regular monthly meeting on Jan. 16.