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St. Landry Parish School Board member Myron Guillory, center, moves to table the issue of school changes in Opelousas until a meeting this Wednesday. From left, are Board members Hazel Sias, Guillory and Albert Hayes Jr. Hayes won the Board’s approval to form a panel of Opelousas Board members and principals to discuss the consolidation and closing issue.

School change hits a pause, but action urged

A decision on closing two Opelousas elementary schools and reconfiguring grade levels at the remaining schools was paused as some School Board members backed off from action at a March 13 meeting.
But they also approved more discussion and a meeting Wednesday on the plan.
Board members, meeting in the special session on March 13, were presented with three configurations. All proposed closing North and Southwest Elementary schools in Opelousas.

Amelia Vidrine Smith, a Eunice artist, painted the poster for the 34th annual World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off scheduled March 31 at the Northwest Community Center Pavilion in Eunice. Printed, numbered and signed posters will be produced and sold for $10 each and available at the cook-off. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Crawfish Cook-off poster

Amelia Vidrine Smith, a Eunice artist, painted the poster for the 34th annual World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off scheduled March 31 at the Northwest Community Center Pavilion in Eunice. Printed, numbered and signed posters will be produced and sold for $10 each and available at the cook-off. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Poll at LSUE may be moved

Two of Acadia Parish’s voting precincts will probably be moving — but not far.
The proposed move comes at the request of Michael Broussard, director of physical plant at LSUE, and Clerk of Court Robert “Robby” Barousse.
In a letter to the police jury, Blane Faulk, chief deputy clerk of court, explains that the current site of the two precincts — Ward 7, Precinct 3; and Ward 7, Precinct 4 — face some “challenges” in many elections.

Redemptorist Catholic School announces plan to close

Redemptorist Catholic School will close its doors for the final time at the end of the current school year, according to an announcement from the Diocese of Lafayette.
The school enrolls students in grades pre-K through eighth grade, and has been educating students in the Crowley community for the past 59 years.
In a letter to parents of Redemptorist School parents, the Rev. Jason Vidrine, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, explained that low enrollment numbers at the school make operation not feasible.

Acadia Parish leaders present ‘State of the Parish

By all indications, things are looking up for Acadia Parish.
That seemed to be the general consensus of three parish officials who addressed a capacity crowd for the Acadia Parish Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Parish meeting on Friday.
Acadia Parish Police Jury President David Savoy, Superintendent of Schools Scott Richard and Acadia Parish Sheriff K.P. Gibson each reviewed the accomplishments of their respective entities and offered a bit of insight to the future.

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