The sponsor of a plan that could change the governance structure of the Lafayette Parish school system dropped the effort on Tuesday morning.
State Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, said she plans to continue discussions on her proposal, then return with another one during the 2015 legislative session.
The measures, House Bill 593 and House Bill 980, make up a two-bill package aimed at forming a commission to consider changes in how Lafayette parish schools are run.
Landry said she has two children who went through or are in the school system and that it needs attention. She said too much time is spent on the concerns of system employees rather than children.
However, she noted that the Lafayette Parish School Board voted to oppose her plan, and that the bill to change the state Constitution — House Bill 593 — would require the support of two-thirds of the Legislature and a majority of voters statewide and in the parish.
“Changing the governance of a school system is a serious matter,” Landry told the House Education Committee. “That’s why this bill has such a high bar.”
Landry has complained that the board is not serving the community and families the way it is supposed to.