Census forces school board to reappoint the parish’s districts
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – Population shift has been felt even with the boundaries of Acadia Parish, which means the Acadia Parish School Board’s eight district will also see a little shifting.
The board unanimously adopted the Budget and Finance Committee’s recommendations regarding the reappointment of school board member districts.
The shift in the districts wasn’t terrible, but under state law if there are districts that see a deviation of more or less than 5 percent, districts must be appointed. In three of the eight districts, there was a double digit deviation. Three more also fell out of the 5 percent range.
Thus a resolution to reappoint new districts for the Acadia Parish School Board was also unanimously accepted by the board.
The resolution is designed to show that reappointment is needed.
The board is not the only entity in the parish that needed reappointment as the Acadia Parish Police Jury recently worked on new district lines as well.
The ideal district population for each of the board's districts is 7,722. However, according to the 2010 Census, populations in the district now range from 6,465 to 8,826.
With the police jury’s reappointing structure already in place, the school board does have a very solid jumping off point. However considering the populations are counted differently, the work isn’t completely done.
The next step for the school board will be to hold a public and formal presentation to showcase the planned new lines for the districts.
The board has until December 31, 2012 to present the new districts to the U.S. Department of Justice for Section 5 Pre-Clearance and the state of Louisiana.
There will be more from Monday night’s meeting, including the acknowledgments of the Rayne FFA and Debra Siebert tomorrow.