City of St. George officials talk about next steps after Louisiana Supreme Court ruling

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Officials with the incorporation of the city of St. George talked about the future and answered questions Monday, April 29 after Friday’s Louisiana Supreme Court ruling.

The Supreme Court reversed the lower court’s decision on Friday, April 26, and ruled in favor of the incorporation.

Residents have worked to incorporate the city of St. George since 2018. On Oct. 19, 2019, 54% of citizens voted in favor of incorporation.

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The St. George Transition District held a news conference at the St. George Fire Department Headquarters, 14100 Airline Highway, at 10:30 a.m. Monday to discuss the ruling and next steps.

“So we’ve celebrated. Today is the end of that celebration. We’re going to work,” said J. Andrew Murrell.

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The next steps include Gov. Jeff Landry appointing the city’s first mayor and city councilmembers. According to the St. George website, residents will vote for a new mayor and councilmembers in the next election cycle.

Murrell said work will then start on ordinances, zoning and planning before moving on to addressing the creation of a new school district. He couldn’t give a timeline on when a new school district would be formed.

“No. 1, we created a city. We have not created a school district,” Murrell said. “They are two distinct separate animals. They have separate budgets, separate leadership structures. But I would be dishonest if I didn’t tell you what’s next on the agenda would be the creation of the St. George school district, which is long overdue in a parish that is near dead last in a state that is near dead last in the country in education.”

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Officials invite the public to participate by attending meetings, sending emails and calling as plans move forward.

“Don’t stop holding us accountable,” Murrell said. “For 13 years we have made promises that we’re going to create a better government for you.”

Murrell said meetings have traditionally occurred on the second Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at St. George Fire Department Headquarters.

Baton Rouge chapter of NAACP releases statement

As representatives of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the NAACP, we are deeply committed to safeguarding the well-being, education, and economic security of Black people and all persons of color in our city. It is with this commitment in mind that we address you today regarding the recent Louisiana Supreme Court decision supporting the incorporation of the proposed city of St. George and the Louisiana Legislature’s proposal of House Bill 6.

The St. George plan poses significant risks to our education system, threatens the continuity of critical programs, and challenges community representation. The creation of a new municipality introduces considerable uncertainty around funding allocation for our schools, jeopardizing the cornerstone of our community’s future: education. We urge the court to ensure that current funding levels are maintained, if not increased, to support our schools during this transition period. We emphasize the importance of community involvement in decisions that impact our children’s education. The incorporation of St. George should not diminish transparency or reduce community input.

We acknowledge Mayor-President Broome’s opposition to the movement, reflecting concerns about potential segregation and unequal resource distribution. In light of these considerations, we call upon organizers, policymakers, and supporters to recognize the broader implications for education, community representation, and social justice. Our children and community deserve a stable, equitable, and inclusive environment, and we implore decision makers to prioritize these fundamental values.

Additionally, we express our concerns about the proposed annexation into the new city of St. George and its implications for education. While we understand the desire for local autonomy, we urge careful consideration of the potential disruptions and increased financial burden on our schools and students. Drawing from the experiences of other Louisiana communities, we stress the importance of a comprehensive plan, community input, and collaboration to mitigate these challenges and safeguard the quality of education for our students.

House Bill 6, by Representative Emily Chenevert, creates additional issues. Key concerns include the displacement of nearly 7,000 children and the unclear fate of those in specialized programs such as magnet, gifted and talented, focus choice, and C Tech. The impact on children with disabilities remains uncertain, as it could affect specialized classrooms and related services. The unknown costs of this legislation could negatively affect surrounding school districts like Baker, Central, and Zachary, as well as EBRPSS’s ability to provide contracted services to children with disabilities. Further complicating matters are the potential expenses associated with acquiring or leasing buildings, buses, and other infrastructure, as well as the negative impact on staff employment and benefits. Critics also highlight the lack of a comprehensive plan addressing sustainability, funding, services, programs, staff benefits, and, most critically, the needs of students and families.

In conclusion, we stand ready to collaborate with you to ensure that the interests of our students are protected and that they continue to have access to the excellent education they deserve, regardless of any changes in municipal boundaries. Thank you for your time and consideration of these crucial matters.

Baton Rouge Chapter of NAACP

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