Parents influence Jefferson Parish board members to withdraw potential changes

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JEFFERSON PARISH (WGNO) – The Jefferson Parish Public School System Administration Building was packed with parents and teachers who were concerned about a $250 million bond issue to build and relocate schools.

“If you’re going to invest in a new school building, why don’t you invest in the schools that you already have,” asks concerned parent Kathy Horridge.

Not to mention a redistricting plan, that could mean “so-long” to Miller Wall Elementary.

“I really don’t care for the kindergartners being placed in kindergarten through eighth grade,” says concerned grandmother Cathy Nash.

The bond is to fund part of a 20-year plan for the district, which includes replacing and rebuilding efforts.

The board also discussed a plan to change the attendance zones for three elementary schools and six middle schools on the West Bank.

There was also a proposal to build a new middle school on the East Bank.

“The kids are going to suffer if they do this. If this goes through, the children will suffer,” says concerned parent Susan Brune.

And after hearing parents’ pleas, the board decided to withdraw those proposals.