Court sets deseg response, filing dates

The St. Landry Parish School Board, which meets for its regular October meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, has until Nov. 11 to answer any opposition to the school desegregation plan it filed last month with U.S. District Court.

Under terms of a timeline filed with Judge Tucker Melancon last Friday, the plaintiffs - the U.S. Dept. of Justice and the counsel for the 43-year-old case’s original citizen plaintiffs - can take until Oct. 27 to file any objections to the board’s proposal.

Last month, the board submitted three plans to the court, stipulating its preference is one that causes the least change in the school district.

The board was required to respond to a plan proposed in May by Justice and a parish bi-racial committee appointed by the judge.

That plan requires considerable change in the system, including pairing and consolidation.

Under terms of the timeline filed with the court, opposing parties within the board itself can file attendance plans for the court’s consideration.

There is disagreement among board members about which is the best approach and which will most expedite the system’s getting out from under the court’s thumb.

Once the Oct. 27 deadline passes, the board has until Nov. 11 to respond to answer any opposition to the plans it filed with the court, whether that opposition is from the plaintiffs or from any board members.

Presumably the Bi-Racial Committee is also among those who may respond to the board’s proposals by the Oct. 27 deadline.

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