Mar 16, 2011 11:34 PM by Shawn Kline

NP Moss shuffle begins; redistricting plan approved

As NP Moss turns into Thibodaux Career and Tech, most students will move into new schools.
The Lafayette School Board approved a plan Wednesday night outlining where those students will go; rezoning more than 300 students who currently live in the NP Moss district but not everyone on the board is on board with the plan.

"Many of my concerns were not really answered," board member Hunter Beasley said.

Beasley says nothing is concrete and the now approved plan doesn't account for moving costs. He suggests buildings to accommodate an additional 200 students at some schools could be a problem.

"I haven't heard much mention of it as far as moving these buildings." Beasley says, "but every time you move one, it's $30,000."

Nelda Broussard, director of Census, Student Behavior and Health Services for Lafayette Parish Schools says students could know their district as early as this week and the plan was waiting for approval (which it received Wed. night).

"We've had larger shufflings in the past." Broussard says, "we're looking at 400 kids to be notified of changes."

Changes that could send students to Edgar Martin, Lafayette, Carencro, Acadian, or Paul Breaux Middle Schools.
School officials say students can apply for any school but if they don't, they'll be assigned based on these new districts.

"We know who's going where," Beasley said. "We just don't know how many to a certain school."



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