Next week the Lafayette Parish school board will vote on a proposal that would affect nearly 500 students. The proposal includes rezoning for elementary and high school students.
The goal, according to board members, is to make better use of all facilities but some parents have their doubts.
"There could be conflict from parents who don't want their kids to move from a certain school to another school," says Ella Arsement, who regularly attends school board meetings.
The most contentious point is rezoning for high school students. If the school board approves the plan, all of the students living within the border of I-10, North University, West Simcoe, North Pierce St., Railroad St., and North Saint Antoine would be re-zoned from Lafayette High School to Northside High School.
"You should go to the school that you're zoned for," says Arsement.
School board members say Northside is only at about half its capacity.
"It has great potential. They just came from a failing school to a C so that means they're coming up," says school board member Elroy Broussard.
"We'd like to utilize more classes at northside high school. We have room to accommodate students. Lafayette High still has a large number of temporary class rooms. Number two we'd like to encourage enrollment in the health careers program at northside, and number three we're trying to increase the use of the satellite buses," says Joe Craig, LPSS Chief Administrative Officer.
The board knows there might be growing pains but the overall belief is the longterm results would be beneficial parish-wide.
"We just need the community to believe in the school and believe that the board is doing the best they can to make sure all our schools are successful," says Broussard.