Erath school zone lines looked at

A special workshop was held to take the first steps to figure out where to draw the new zone lines for Dozier Elementary and LeBlanc Elementary.

By the start of next school year, the School Board plans to have the old Dozier Elementary open with just over 500 students, and convert the the Matte property Dozier campus into the new LeBlanc Elementary with close to 600 children attending.

The two schools would be pre-k through fifth grade.

In the near future, a new LeBlanc Elementary campus will be built at the end of the North Road, five miles north of the town Erath. Until then, the students zoned there will attend the school where the trailers are on the Matte property.

But before the campuses are opened, school board officials have to decide who on the eastside of the parish will be attending the schools.

Mike Heffner is a demographer hired by the School Board to help draw up new zone lines based on population around the schools.

He punched in numbers and unofficially anyone who lives south of Erath, starting at the La. 14 Bypass into Delcambre will be attending the old Dozier Elementary. The entire Erath city limits look to be zoned for Dozier Elementary.

The new school zone lines for LeBlanc Elementary will be more challenging because he has to find 600 students north of Erath and Abbeville.

The zone lines are expected to include the area north of the bypass (not counting the Erath city limits), all the way into Abbeville. The new apartment complex on Rodeo Road and the homes near Abbeville High School may be zoned to attend LeBlanc Elementary. Some residents living north of Abbeville along North State Street up to the Woodlawn Bridge also may be zoned to LeBlanc Elementary.

Another meeting will be held on Dec. 2 in the transportation department meeting room

. The public is invited to attend.

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