Lafayette Parish School Board members were set to vote on three rezone proposals Wednesday night, but two proposals were tabled, while the third was approved.
The board approved sending 60 students from SJ Montgomery to Westside. The other two proposals, sending students from Lafayette High to Northside, and from Live Oak Elementary to Evangeline, were tabled.
Some board members agreed upon the proposals, but others were against them, saying they felt the proposals hadn't been properly thought through.
Board member Dawn Morrison said every student in Lafayette Parish needs to have the same opportunities for learning across the parish. She believes the high school proposal didn't do that.
"School districts have a responsibility to avoid racial isolation. So there are always some issues with that, you have to deal with geographic issues, and in the past, they've used busing for that, that's not optimal," Morrison said.
Board member, Elroy Broussard, said he believes that all the rezoning plans were premature. He mentioned previous proposals for rezoning that the board approved for the 2017-18 school year saying they had not given them a chance to work.
"We're recommending to move a whole new zone to Northside and we didn't allow what we did last year to take root," Broussard said.
"With this proposal, we're saying you're zoned for Lafayette High School, but we are going to let the out of zone kids stay here and we are going to make you move to another school," Morrison said.
LPSS Superintendent, Dr. Donald Aguillard, said there aren't many options in this decision. Northside High School needs more students, and they need a way to occupy seats.
"It's a matter of moving programs to Northside High School, or expand the school zone for attendance, or come up with other options to increase enrollment," Aguilard said.
Board member, Tehmi Chassion, said there needs to be more thought and research behind this rezone. Providing one option, was not enough to go on.
"I believe that we need more kids at Northside because the school is half full. However, we want to make sure that it actually fits and works properly. Strangely enough, as much as we want to pretend everything is Kumbaya, you mix a certain group of kids and it results in what's happening at Lafayette High every day," Chassion said.
There is no definite day as to when the two proposals will be brought back to the table, but board members all agreed to do their own research before voting.