Board schedules public hearing on deseg plan

The St. Landry Parish School Board will hold a public hearing Monday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. to get input regarding a proposed desegregation plan.

Supt. Michael Nassif announced the hearing Thursday. It will be held at Opelousas High School.

The School Board has held several closed sessions to discussion formulation of a plan that will become the formal response to one proposed by the US Department of Justice.

In May, US District Judge Tucker Melancon gave the board 120 days to respond to the plan, saying it could accept it, reject it or propose one of its own.

Justice, tracking a plan drafted by the Melancon's Bi-Racial Committee, proposes considerable change in school zones, primarily in the eastern part of the parish.

The board hired a demographer to prepare data for drafting its proposal and has met with him several times in executive session.

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