St. Landry Parish School Board

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Roofers work on the fire-damaged portion of Eunice Elementary in June 2019. The restoration of the building is nearing completion. (File photo)

Eunice Elementary project may be nearing end

The restoration project at Eunice Elementary that began in August 2018 may be nearing an end.
“We’ve been in this restoration project for quite some time at Eunice Elementary,” said Claudia Blanchard, director of operations for the St Landry Parish School Board.
Blanchard noted several events out of the school system’s control. The main contractor contracted COVID “not once, but twice.”
The contractor is from Lake Charles and Hurricane Laura destroyed products stored there that were intended for the project.

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A new roof at Eunice Junior High School. (Submitted photo courtesy of St. Landry Parish School Board)

Eunice Jr. High may reopen next week

Mold removal at Eunice Junior High School is expected to be completed by end of this week and classes may reopen by Wednesday.
Classes continued with virtual instruction.
Claudia Blanchard, director of operations, said at a St. Landry Parish School Board Buildings, Lands and Sites Committee meeting Tuesday that the cleaning has been a lengthy and detailed process.
“We have since then taken additional air samples to confirm where we are. I’m very happy to say we just got the results back this afternoon and it came out very, very well,” she said.

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St. Landry Parish selected for teacher program

The Louisiana Department of Education is bringing school system leaders together from across the state to help ensure every child learns from a high-quality teacher. Sixteen school systems have been chosen for a new fellowship aimed at recruiting and retaining educators in Louisiana’s highest-need certification areas, with a particular focus on advanced math and science courses.

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Hurricane Delta tore a hole in the roof of the Eunice High School gymnasium. An initial estimate of damage from Delta to the public schools place the value at about $1.4 million. (Submitted photo)

Delta damage to schools estimated at $1.4M

Hurricane Delta caused about $1.4 million in damage to St. Landry Parish public schools.
Claudia Blanchard, director of operations for the School Board, gave the estimate at a meeting of the Board’s Buildings, Lands and Sites Committee meeting on Tuesday.
“We did have some damages. Overall, we were very very blessed. It could have been so much worse like our friends to the west,” she said.
Every school was to report damage and that was reported to the insurance carrier.

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St. Landry Parish Superintendent Patrick Jenkins answers questions at Monday’s meeting of the School Board Building, Lands and Sites Committee. Also shown, from left, are Board member Albert Hayes Jr., Claudia Blanchard, director of operations, and Teresa Miller, finance director. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Special education students back on campus, others going back next week

Some St. Landry Parish school district students will begin staggered entry into in-person learning over the course of the next two weeks, while others will transition to the St. Landry Parish Virtual Learning Academy.
Below is the in-person and virtual academy schedule for St. Landry Parish students.
PreK-4th grade
Wednesday, Sept. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 1: Staggered entry based on administrative decision.

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