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Parole Office Too Close For Comfort For Local School

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Safety concerns for parents and staff of students at a shreveport school. They recently learned that the office building in their area was a reporting center for former inmates. Those parents are not happy about this at all.

The Montessori School of Shreveport, and right across the street from the school is bi tech incorporated, the parole and probation day reporting facility. Parents say it's all too close for comfort.

"That's a situation that makes us more than a little bit nervous," said Ian Webb. Webb is a parent with kids in the Montessori School. He says, he doesn't understand why the parole center is so close to a school and a school bus stop. "Kids are waiting at the same time that folks that are being served by this program are gathering to begin their day. Nobody disagrees with what probation and parole is doing. We just don't think it's appropriate that it happens across the street from the school, or any school for that matter."

BI Incorporated web site says, they are a day reporting center who manage higher risk parolees who are on the cusp of being sent back to jail. Don Wiener is on the board of directors for the Montessori School. He says there is a zoning oversight issue that needs to be addressed. "This was zoned the way it was for a reason and it's to keep businesses like this out of there unless they've proven that they should be there. This type of activity requires a B3 zoning plus additional municipal planning commission and city approval."

I spoke with city officials about the issue who tell us that they've partnered with state legislators on the issue. They plan to go before a zoning appeal meeting. The public is invited to that meeting. It will be held on November 13th at Government Plaza.

We haven't been able to reach BI Incorporated for comment. Their company is headquartered in Colorado.

 

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