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School Board gets some good fiscal news

The St. Landry Parish School Board is expected to end its 2019-2020 fiscal year in the black.
Tressa Miller, finance director, in a report to the Board’s Finance Committee on July 27, said the monthly general fund report shows a $369,000 loss, for the year.
But that’s not the real bottom line.
“We are likely to see some more revenues coming and that should get us into the black,” Miller said.
“Again, we are still expecting to see a break even or better budget once we have all of the yearend accruals in” she said.

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Wayne Ardoin

Attendance stalls Parish Council hiring

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The meeting to begin the process of hiring a chief administrative officer for St. Landry Parish Government stalled when only five Council members called into the teleconference.
“This is discouraging,” Parish Council Chairman Coby Clavier said as the 5:30 p.m. meeting time arrived and it was joined by only four other members: Wayne Ardoin, Harold Taylor, Gil Savoy and Nancy Carriere.
“If they don’t want to come to the Council meeting you can’t make them,” Ardoin said.
Ardoin said the issue is a controversial one.

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The Paul Revere of the wetlands

An “alarmist” is one of the nicer things his opponents called Dr. Sherwood M. (Woody) Gagliano back in the 1970s, when he began to sound the alarm that coastal Louisiana was washing away and that something needed to be done about it.
When he died July 17 he was called “a Paul Revere” as the first scientist to give an early warning about the state’s rapidly growing coastal erosion and to spell out just what that could mean.

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The Three O’Clock Project meal distribution workers were on hand in front of New Zion Baptist Church from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Boxes of meals included seven days of lunches and seven days of breakfast. Workers distributing food were Kara Harrington, Melissa Phenald, Latosha Leatherman and Jenn Brinkley. Any child, enrolled in school, 18-years and under, is eligible for a meal. More information can be found at www.threeoclockproject.org/covid. (Photo by Myra Miller.

Three O’Clock Project

The Three O’Clock Project meal distribution workers were on hand in front of New Zion Baptist Church from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Boxes of meals included seven days of lunches and seven days of breakfast. Workers distributing food were Kara Harrington, Melissa Phenald, Latosha Leatherman and Jenn Brinkley. Any child, enrolled in school, 18-years and under, is eligible for a meal. More information can be found at www.threeoclockproject.org/covid. (Photo by Myra Miller.

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Virus delays school work

Restoration work at Eunice Elementary has definitely been the project that cannot catch a break.
The latest culprit to delay the completion of work is the coronavirus.
Claudia Blanchard, school system director of operations, at a St. Landry Parish School Board Buildings, Lands and Sites Committee Zoom meeting on Monday, said workers had to stop due to the virus.
“Last month I was very optimistic and positive that our projects were moving along very well. This month is not so positive,” she said.

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