St. Landry Parish School Board

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 School Board member Albert Hayes Jr. is shown at the Dec. 17 committee meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

School Board panel reviews social media by employees

The online world and particular social media is a minefield of potential problems.
For instance, Anthony Standberry, a St. Landry Parish School Board, member described his recent experience attending a Christmas presentation at Lawtell Elementary.
The program so touched him he recorded it on his smart phone and shared it on social media, he said.
Standberry asked if it is that OK for him to share is heartwarming images?

Patrick Jenkins, St. Landry Parish school superintendent, said early education will help equalize education achievement. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Many parish public schools show performance gap by race

A report on subgroup performance in St. Landry Parish public schools shows four schools in the parish where there is a two grade level difference in performance between white and black students.
The disparity was highlighted by Board members Candace Gerace and Mary Ellen Donatto.
The letter grades are from the state’s school performance scores.
A subgroup is a major racial or ethnic group; and economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, English learners, students in foster care, homeless students, and military affiliated students.

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.

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