The St. Landry Parish School Board’s meeting room at the Central Office was full Wednesday with Head Start employees for a Finance Committee meeting Later, the Executive Committee met and two Board members, Candace Gerace and Mary Ellen Donatto, noted the school performance scores show a disparity between black and white students. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

School Board panel talks racial disparity in scores

Sometimes St. Landry Parish School Board members sound like friends sitting a table around discussing education.
That was the case at a meeting Wednesday of the Board’s Executive Committee.
It was the second night of meetings for Board members and a presentation on policies prompted observations about education.
Comments ranged from administrators returning the public’s phone calls to an observation about state school performance scores showing black children under-performing their white counterparts.

325 early voted by noon Friday in Eunice

As on noon Friday there had been 325 early votes cast at the poll in the Eunice Municipal Complex, 301 South 2nd St.
Early voting ended at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Early voting also occurred at the registrar of voters office in Opelousas.
As of noon Friday, there had been 1,772 early votes cast in Opelousas, according to Cheryl Milburn, St. Landry Parish registrar of voters.
Forty-two people had voted as noon Friday at the Eunice poll, Milburn said.

School panel reverses course for Head Start pay raise

St. Landry Parish Head Start employees will receive a 2.6 percent cost of living increase instead of a $700 lump sum payment.
The 2.6 percent increase was approved by the School Board’s Finance Committee on Wednesday. Last month, the full Board approved a December $700 payment recommended by the administration.
The school system was to receive about $125,000 to pay for a cost of living increase for each of about 140 workers.

The Eunice Elementary classroom building damaged by an Aug. 14 fire is expected to reopen for the next school year. Students who attended classes in the building are now in temporary buildings on the campus. (Photo by Myra MIller)

Fire-damaged building at Eunice Elementary on target for opening next school year

The fire-damaged building at Eunice Elementary is on target to reopen next school year, Claudia Blanchard, school system director of operations said.
Blanchard updated Board members at a meeting Wednesday of the Buildings, Lands and Sites Committee.
Insurance is covering the cost incurred from an Aug. 14 fire.
“We are going to have to change out the flooring,” Blanchard said. The flooring change requires an asbestos abatement procedure, she said.
“Once that work is done there will be a little bit of cleanup,” she said.

Legislative turnover could impact half of Louisiana’s parishes

By the spring of 2019, voters residing in 44 percent of Louisiana’s parishes will have participated in a special legislative election, and the statistic could swell before the ongoing term of the Legislature concludes in early January 2020.
Special elections have either been held or called in 28 out of Louisiana’s 64 parishes — to replace 24 legislators. All but two of those elections originated in the House, which now has a 21 percent turnover rate, the highest in recent memory.


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