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East Elementary in Eunice was recognized as an A school in the recently released state performance scores. East Elementary was the highest-scoring school in St. Landry Parish with a score of 106,2. From left, are Albert Hayes Jr., School Board member from Eunice; Stephanie Deville, cultural arts teacher; and Principal Gina LaGrange. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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Eunice High School was recognized as a Top Gain School in the performance scores. The school improved its score by 10.9 points to 92.2 for a B grade. From left, are Randy Aguillard, John McLemore, Lamonte Goodman, Principal Mitch Fontenot, Assistant Principal Kristy McLemore; and Eunice School Board member Mary Ellen Donatto.

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Highland Elementary was recognized as a Top Gain School by raising its performance score by 10 points to 75.9 for a C grade. The school had been a D school. From left, are Albert Hayes Jr., a Eunice Board member, and Principal Lorie Ledoux. The presentations of banners occurred at Thursday’s meeting of the St. Landry Parish School Board in Opelousas.

Eunice’s top schools recognized at School Board meeting

High-performing St. Landry Parish public schools were recognized at Thursday's St. Landry Parish School Board meeting.

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St. Landry Parish among 7 to get money for mentor training

St. Landry Parish is among seven parishes that will share in a $675,000 grant to develop a training model that affords aspiring educators who have already gone to college the opportunity to spend significant time in a classroom under the tutelage of an expert mentor prior to assuming full responsibility of a classroom.

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Christmas parade rescheduled

The Eunice Kiwanis Christmas parade has been rescheduled to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 because of the forecast of rainy weather today.
The Eunice Community Choir Concert Band and Children’s Choir at the Liberty Center is still scheduled for 7 p.m. today and Friday.
The parade details remain the same. The parade will begin at North 2nd Street, and continue to South 2nd Street, then make its way on Park Avenue, circle around the Circle Park and conclude at the City Hall parking lot.

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Bar to be raised for public schools

For the past three years St. Landry Parish public schools have earned a C in the state performance scores.
Patrick Jenkins, superintendent, said if the district’s score remains the same in the future it is risking a letter grade of D or F.
Thirty-three percent of the schools achieved mastery level, but in the future mastery will be the basic level.
Jenkins said it like asking school district to walk on water. “...if we do then are you going to tell us we can’t swim?”
Jenkins said. adjusting the scale “is going to kill schools.”

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City taking action on abandoned property

The city is about to take action on abandoned property in a process that eventually ends in its sale.
The city has about 100 properties where the tax has not been paid, which eventually tags them with the “adjudicated” label.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said, “This is the first time, I think in the parish’s history, that we are going to actually take this on with as many properties as we are. I think in the past they have sold them individually ...”
The city has contracted with CivicSource to do the leg work necessary to offer adjudicated property for sale online.


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