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St. Landry Parish public school enrollment declining

By Harlan Kirgan
Editor
Enrollment in St. Landry Parish public schools has declined 11 percent since 2008 and probably cost the school district about $13.5 million in revenue.
In October, the school district’s student count was 13,481, down from 15,185 in October 2008 — a loss of 1,704 students.
During the same period, neighboring Acadia Parish’s public school enrollment was 9,845 in the October count, up 367 students or 3.9 percent from the October 2008 head count of 9,478.

The first baby born at Acadian Medical Center in 2019 was Owen Dean Christ. He is shown with his parents, Logan and Kristie Christ at the hospital on Thursday. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Acadian Medical Center announces year’s first baby

Owen Dean Christ is the first baby of the new year born at Acadian Medical Center in Eunice.
Owen was born at 6:32 p.m. Jan. 1 and weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces and measured 19 3/4 inches long.
His parents, Logan and Kristie Christ, are from Mamou. Maternal grandparents are Junice Fontenot of Mamou and Jody and Kim Soileau of Mamou. Paternal grandparents are Scotty and Roxy Christ of Mamou.
Owen does have an older sister Lyla Rose Christ, 3, who according to her mother cannot wait to meet her brother.

St. Landry Parish School Board member Donnie Perron discusses the price for a Head Start center in Opelousas on Wednesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

School officials may get price cut from Council

Faced with a $1,125 monthly charge to use St. Landry Parish property in Opelousas, two School Board officials were back in front of the Parish Council requesting a price cut.
The St. Landry Parish School Board began administering the Head Start program in September 2018.
The School Board began administering the Head Start program in the parish in September with a $6.8 million budget for the 10 months remaining in the fiscal year.
The site, owned by the parish, is on West Martin Luther King Extension, adjoining the parish airport, in Opelousas.

The city’s agenda-setting meeting was held Thursday. From left, are Vernon McManus, city attorney; Chad Andrepont, alderman, Scott Fontenot, mayor; Bill Thompson, code enforcement officer; Connie Thibodeaux, alderwoman; Mike Arnold, fire chief; Ernest Blanchard, alderman; Ginny Moody, city clerk; and Randy Fontenot, police chief. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Agenda light for new Board members

The agenda for Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting, as of Thursday, was fairly light for two new members.
Chad Andrepont, Ward 1, and Ernest Blanchard, Ward 3, attended their first agenda meeting Thursday as aldermen.
Andrepont, a Eunice High School basketball coach, offered his apology in advance for not attending the Tuesday meeting. A game scheduled long before he was elected conflicts with the meeting.
Andrepont said he would be at subsequent meetings.
City officials also plan to hold a formal inauguration at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Liberty Theater.

Tri-Parish job situation remains down

Tri-Parish unemployment rates are up from a year ago and the workforce remains below the 2017 number in November, according to Bureau of Labor and Statistics data released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
There were 67,171 people in the workforce in November, down 1.4 percent from the November 2017 total of 68,157.
The workforce includes those people employed and those looking for jobs in the state count.
The Tri-Parish November workforce counts are:
— St. Landry Parish, 31,599, down 210 people — 0.7 percent — from November 2017.

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