School reopening plan on the horizon
The St. Landry Parish school system’s plan for reopening its schools is expected to be released soon.
The overview of the program may have been released Friday, but is expected to be on the Board’s website at slpsb.org.
Albert Hayes Jr., a Eunice Board member, said the opening day is expected to be Aug. 17. Students had been scheduled to return to classes on Aug. 12.
The plan is likely to be for a normal return with plans that include a mix of normal and online instruction and a complete online instruction plan.
In a budget session on Wednesday, Byron Wimberly, computer center supervisor, said the school system has purchased 6,000 Chrome Books and will have a device for each student in the school system. Half of the Chrome Books have arrived and the half are expected by September, he said.
Hot spots for access to the internet are expected to be operational for the new school year, he said.
CARES Act funding is paying for the computers and hot spots, he said.
Superintendent Patrick Jenkins said the school system may benefit by the addition of virtual students.
The district is expecting a loss of $1.5 million in Minimum Foundation Program funding. The MFP money is determined by enrollment.
The district’s enrollment is about 13,000 students and it receives about $8.500 per student in MFP funding.
The district has been projected to lose 200 to 300 a students a year in enrollment.
The district’s virtual program may bring students back into the school system.
The school system’s operations will be determined by the guidelines set by Gov. John Bel Edwards.