St. Landry Parish Council

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Racino dough smells good to Council

Beset by budget woes, some members of the St. Landry Parish Council want to take a second look at how the money from Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino is split.
The parish receives about $2.7 million before it is divided across 11 entities.
The so-called racino money came up as the Parish Council’s Administrative and Finance Committee met Wednesday in Opelousas to hear an often stated story of parish government revenues falling behind ever expanding needs.

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