Some Abbeville students zoned for Erath school

Some elementary students who live in Abbeville will be attending an elementary school north of Erath next school year.

At a special rezoning committee meeting on Tuesday, new school zone lines were looked at for three elementary schools.

The rezoning committee, made up of principals, teachers and school board members, looked at where the new zone lines will be for LeBlanc Elementary (new school north of Erath), Dozier Elementary in Erath and Herod Elementary in Abbeville.

When the discussion was over and the new lines looked at, the committee voted to bring it to tonight’s School Board meeting for final approval.

The School Board members are expected to approve the new lines.

The committee had little trouble drawing the zone lines for Dozier Elementary.

Elementary students, (pre-K through 5th grade) who live in the Erath city limits and the Delcambre city limits, along with those who live south of the old La. 14 highway will attend the old Dozier Elementary next year.

Counting pre-kindergarten students, Dozier is expected to have 520 students (pre-K to 5th grade) next year.

The old brick Dozier, located in the city limits, is expected to be repaired by August. It has been closed since Hurricane Rita three years ago.

Fourth grade students who are attending Erath Middle School this school year will be attending either Dozier or LeBlanc Elementary next year as 5th graders.

Next year, the Dozier Elementary today (on the Matte property) will be renamed LeBlanc Elementary. A new LeBlanc Elementary is expected to be built at the end of North Road in the next couple of years.

A principal for LeBlanc Elementary is expected to be named in January by the School Board.

The new lines for LeBlanc Elementary were not as easy to draw as Dozier. The committee wanted around 560 students to attend the new school.

The preliminary boundary lines for LeBlanc Elementary are north of La. 14 bypass up to the Vermilion River.

Students who live north of the La. 14 bypass in Erath (not including city limits) will attend LeBlanc Elementary next school year.

The new zone lines continues into Abbeville. Students who live north of La. 14 by the airport, and Wal-Mart will go to LeBlanc Elementary.

The La. 14 business bypass in Abbeville is also a zone line for LeBlanc Elementary. Students who live north of the business bypass will attend LeBlanc Elementary. Students who live on Rodeo Road, Meaux Road, Wildcat Drive, and north La. 82 (behind McDonald’s to the Woodlawn Bridge) will go to LeBlanc Elementary.

Students who live south of the business bypass will attend school either at Herod Elementary or Eaton Park Elementary.

With the new lines, Herod Elementary is expected to have 599 students (not counting pre-K) and Eaton Park should have around 478 students.

School Board Superintendent Randy Schexnyder said if an Abbeville student is attending an elementary school in Erath, he or she will still be zoned for J.H. Williams Middle School after the 5th grade and Erath students who are zoned for Erath Middle will go to Erath Middle.

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