- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

CENTRAL, La. (AP) - The Central School Board wants to make it harder for parents who live outside the school district to send their children to Central schools illegally.

The board’s policy committee has voted to send a new “evidence of domicile” policy to the full board for consideration. The Advocate reported (https://bit.ly/1qcxNmL) the proposal is expected to be introduced at the board’s meeting on Monday.

Under the proposed policy, parents of new students who own their homes would have to present a certified copy of ownership documents recorded with the East Baton Rouge Parish clerk of court’s office or a property tax bill or homestead exemption for the most recent tax year.

They also would be required to provide utility bills for the two previous months before registering a child, and a current state driver’s license or a state-issued identification.

Renters would have to provide a copy of a lease agreement and two months of utility bills.

School staff would investigate cases in which parents of new students are neither homeowners nor renters, but share living space with other families.

Staff also would be directed to investigate whether parents have a home elsewhere, and whether the primary home of the child Monday through Friday is in Central.

The new paperwork requirements have been discussed since mid-2013 in an effort to stop children who live outside of the district from attending Central schools.

A Central administrator said the school district catches about 80 “zone jumpers” each year, some who go as far as to rent apartments just so their children qualify to attend Central schools.

School Board member Willard Easley said there’s no way the school district will be able to catch everyone who tries to enter the system illegally.

“If we do anything we will have complaints. If we don’t do anything we’re going to have complaints,” Easley said.

If adopted, the policy changes would take effect in the 2014-15 school year.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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