St. Landry Parish Council

The Eunice High School state 3-A championship football team was honored at Thursday’s St. Landry Parish School Board meeting. The Bobcats defeated Sterlington 59-47 on Dec. 7 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans to capture the state title. From left, are Lane DeVillier, Avery Lee, Coach Andre Vige, Jordan Ledet, St. Landry Parish School Board member Mary Ellen Donatto, Carlin Vigers, Superintendent Patrick Jenkins, Jordan Ogesby, Zach Joubert, Brodi Walker, Coach Paul Trosclair, Principal Mitch Fontenot and School Board member Albert Hayes Jr. Vige and Donatto hold the state trophy. Trosclair commented that one goal of the team is try to represent the city of Eunice and St. Landry Parish in a first-class way. Trosclair said other team members were involved in other school activities and were unable to attend the meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Mary Ellen Donatto holds the gavel after being elected president of the St. Landry Parish School Board on Thursday. At right is Superintendent Patrick Jenkins.

St. Landry Parish School Board members completed their election process by reciting oaths and signing documents presented by the St. Landry Parish Clerk at Thursday’s meeting in Opelousas. From left, are Lisa Doyle, chief clerk; newly-elected Board member Myron Guillory; St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court Charles Jagneaux; and School Board member Mary Ellen Donatto. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

St. Landry Parish Council member Ken Marks speaks a St. Landry Parish School Board committee of the whole meeting Thursday in Opelousas about a lease for a Head Start center in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice Elementary bid approved; Eunice High championship year celebrated

Mary Ellen Donatto was elected president of the St. Landry Parish School Board without opposition at Thursday’s Board meeting.
Donatto, who retired as principal at East Elementary, is in her second year on the School Board. She was elected without opposition in qualifying July 2018.
Donatto thanked the Board members after her election and praised the district for raising its state School Performance Score by 13 points last year. She called it a “remarkable feat.”

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.

St. Landry Parish Council member Harold Taylor, right, holds a chart with the major expenses paid by parish government at a special meeting Wednesday in Opelousas. Also shown, from left, are Council members Jerry Red, Timmy Lejeune, Easton Shelvin, Wayne Ardoin and Coby Clavier. Seated in the background at right is Garret Duplechain, Council legal counsel. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Council puts ribbon on parish budget

The St. Landry Parish Council added a package of amendments to Parish President Bill Fontenot’s budget that are intended to save more than $500,000 by next December.
And, there are other budget items to create $1.4 million in budget savings, but they require additional Council action.
The budget was declared balanced and ready for introduction and adoption in January.
Parish government has a general fund budget of about $5.3 million.

St. Landry Parish Council members work by cell phone light after a storm knocked the power out on Wednesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Lights out on parish budget

The lights were literally out when the St. Landry Parish Council’s Administrative-Finance Committee began its discussion of the parish budget.
Which may have been fortunate because the committee was told the budget, which is to be prepared by Parish President Bill Fontenot, has not been completed.
A hail storm passing through Opelousas Wednesay pelted the Old City Market building and eventually the lights went out.
With cell phones illuminating the room, Amanda Cain, finance director, said the parish president will present the budget.

Opelousas Parish Council member Wayne Ardoin

Superintendent dismissed at Parish Council meeting

The St. Landry Parish Council dismissed hearing from school Superintendent Patrick Jenkins at a meeting on Wednesday.
The meeting was called to discuss parish government’s budget, but Jenkins was added to the agenda to talk about the lease of a parish-owned Head Start site.
Parish President Bill Fontenot said he requested Jenkins be added to the agenda.


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