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Aug 16, 2014 1:29 PM by AP

Judge rules for Baton Rouge school board changes

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A judge has ruled against residents trying to keep the East Baton Rouge Parish school board from shrinking to nine members from 11.

The Advocate reports that state District Court Judge Tim Kelly ruled against claims brought by residents, clearing the way for candidates to begin qualifying Wednesday for Nov. 4 elections.

The redistricting plan, adopted July 24 on a 6-5 vote, was challenged on multiple grounds, including claims that board member Craig Freeman was no longer a legal resident of the parish.

Without Freeman, the plan's author, the vote would have failed on a tie.

Kelly says Freeman remains a legal resident of the parish, even though he's in the process of moving to Oklahoma. Freeman says he intends to serve out his term, which ends Dec. 31.

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