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Charter applicants go before BESE

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The Mayors of Broussard and Youngsville are to testify before a committee for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The committee is to vote on the charter applications denied by the parish school board. Youngsville Mayor Wilson Viator hopes to get his point across when he testifies before the BESE committee.

The mayor won't be alone Tuesday in Baton Rouge. Broussard Mayor Charles Langlinais plans to be there. Also, non-supporters of charter schools in Lafayette Parish are scheduled to attend. Some believe BESE should support what the local school board decided. "The way I feel about it, if they can show me a way to build a school here in Youngsville I'm all for it. The only way I can see it is through charter schools," says Viator.

Both mayors, Viator and Langlinais plan to let the committee know about the growth both cities are experiencing. "They're not aware of what's taking place here. Let them be aware of the overcrowding that we have. Let them know there's no plans for building new schools. There's no dollars," explains Viator.

Broussard Spokesperson Amy Jones explains the need for a solution. "Without the school board able to give a viable plan of when brick and mortar projects are going to happen in the Southern part of the parish; we have to stand behind somebody willing to come and provide educational solutions," adds Jones.

Mayor Viator says he's prepared to explore other options; if BESE denies the applications. "I know he might want to go to in one direction. I might want to go in the other; but I think it's very important that we try to get together and whatever step we take that we take it together," adds Viator.

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