Central City, Louisiana
|Parish||East Baton Rouge|
|Elevation||66 ft (20.1 m)|
|Mayor||Junior Shelton (Republican)|
|- Police Chief||James Salsbury (Republican)|
|- summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
Central is the thirteenth-largest city in the state of Louisiana. It is the second largest city in East Baton Rouge Parish. Central City became the state's newest city in April 2005. It is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of Central, as it more commonly referred to, was 26,864 as of the 2010 Census.
Long considered just a suburb of Baton Rouge, the citizens of Central voted to incorporate Central as a city on April 23, 2005 despite opposition from the parish. The U.S. Postal Service allows residents to use "Central, LA" with their current zip code.
Former Central High School principal Shelton "Mac" Watts became the temporary mayor upon the incorporation of the city. Formal elections were held on April 1, 2006, in which voters chose incumbent Watts with 86 percent of the 18,000 votes cast.
In November 2006, the voters of the state passed a constitutional amendment authorizing the creation of the Central Community School District. The amendment authorized Central to govern its own public school system. Central City operates its own police and fire departments. Other services, such as water, sewerage and trash, are still operated by the city-parish. Utilities are provided by DEMCO and Entergy. Other information about Central City, such as city ordinances, can be found at centralgov.com.
On January 9, 2007, Governor Kathleen Blanco appointed the interim members of the new Central Community School Board. The board appointed Mike Faulk as the first superintendent. The new school system began operation on July 1, 2007.
Primary and secondary schools
Residents are zoned to the Central Community School District.
The city's public schools are:
- Bellingrath Hills Elementary
- Tanglewood Elementary
- Central Intermediate
- Central Middle School
- Central High School
Private Schools within Central's School District boundaries include:
- Central Christian Academy
- Central Private School
- St. Alphonsus Catholic School
- MTI School of Ministry
- Galilee Baptist Academy
"CentralSpeaks" and "Central City News" are two of the locally produced weekly newspaper(s) in Central. The Advocate is the official journal of the city.
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