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Lafayette Schools of Choice Committee makes recommendation for sibling priority

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The Lafayette Parish Schools of Choice committee is making recommendations about a key part of the program.

At Monday night's committee meeting,  the Schools of Choice Committee voted on the issue of sibling priority, which several parents and teachers defended.

Melanie  Brevis  has a fifth grade son who got a seat in the French Immersion at Myrtle Place Elementary, through the lottery system.

"We took our chances, you know, we put him in, he didn't have any priority and he got in through the lottery. We love the school, there's a really good community feel to it," said Brevis, who raised concerns at the meeting.

And now she hopes her daughter who will be in kindergarten, will be able to join her older brother at the French Immersion school.

"One of our hopes when we put our son in the french immersion was our daughter would have the chance to learn the language and go through the program as well," she said

After hearing concerns from parents like Brevis, the superintendent suggested dedicating 32-38% of the seats at the schools be for sibling priority

"Well we looked at the number of siblings across the parish that are in schools and it looks like the average is about 35% parish wide. So it's really not out of kilter so i don't really know that it's a problem...  but it's just one additional safe guard the board has in place," said Lafayette Superintendent Don Aguillard.

The board will consider the proposal at Wednesday night's school board meeting.

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