Board gets desegregation plan Wednesday

The St. Landry Parish School Board will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday to receive and review a federal plan for further desegregating the school system.

The special meeting was announced Monday.

U.S. Dist. Judge Tucker Melancon has given the School Board 120 days to review and respond to the plan developed by a Melancon-apponted Bi-Racial Committee and reviewed and approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The initial draft of the plan inadvertently omitted some data and was recalled by the judge after that oversight was discovered week before last.

At a late April status conference, Melancon made it clear he was weary of what he perceives as foot-dragging by the board on issues relating to the system being declared unitary.

He ordered it to adopt the plan or return to him with one of its own.

Ordering that the proposal remain confidential until reviewed at a public meeting, he did say it proposes consolidation and closing of schools and impacts attendance zones.

At that conference, the judge also ordered the board to determine who its best white elementary principal is and transfers that person to an historically black elementary school in Opelousas.

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